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Don’t ever forget it.
I saw this a few weeks ago and thought it was sweet. Then, like so many of the things we see or “like” or “pin,” I forgot about it. A friend shared a quote that brought it back to mind today, so I googled “You are loved tumblr” and was amazed at what I found.
I read one woman’s story of trying to overcome depression. I saw countless pictures of uplifting graffiti. I read letters to strangers, from strangers—letters of hope and encouragement. I saw this:
“You matter to me. You matter in this world. I don’t know who is reading this, but I know that you matter. I know that you’re special. And I know that you deserve to be loved. You are loved. I don’t know who you are, but you are loved.”
After looking awhile, I found what I was looking for and it felt more moving than when I had first seen it. Seeing the desire in so many people, not to push themselves forward, not to advance some personal agenda, but to share hope—to encourage others that no matter where they are or what’s going on in their lives, they are loved, left me in awe.
So to you, in case you have forgotten lately:
You are loved.
You are lovable right now.
Not when you’ve gotten your act together.
Not when you are in better shape.
Not when you have more money.
There is nothing about you that is a mistake.
There is nothing about you to be ashamed of or worried about.
You are loved.
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Kate Bartolotta is the strongest girl in the world. She is the love child of a pirate and a roller derby queen. She hails from the second star to the right. She doesn't know how to behave with all the apples and ibexes. She doesn't suffer from her eight million freckles, she loves them! She drinks her lemonade right from the jug. Like a rolling stone, Kate gathers no moss. Kate loves kale, being barefoot, Dr. Seuss, singing too loudly, gallivanting, palindromes, blackberries, Elvis Presley, magic tricks and (of course) elephants. She has been charged with (and found guilty of) overusing the exclamation point! When she's not writing, you can find her practicing yoga, running in the woods, playing with her kids, devouring a book, planting dandelions, changing the world and doing her dishes. Kate does not play the accordion. She is on her way to becoming a fabulous massage therapist, a mediocre writer and a compassionate friend to all. This year Kate aspires to finally give up on learning to knit and will instead spend that time writing for elephant journal.
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