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When sadness falls on you
like a dark cloud,
when you feel that there is no escape,
no road to turn onto
when you have to face it all.
When the air is so thick
that you simply cannot breathe;
when words no longer offer any comfort.
When everything that once lit up your soul
and caused your belly to ache from unstoppable laughter
has lost its magic.
When you no longer know who you really are deep inside
or what to believe, who to believe.
When it feels like all options have been used
and no matter how hard you try to make it all go away,
it sits like a heavy cloud beneath you
pouring drops of water onto your scalp.
When your pride has been taken
and you barely remember your dreams
or what made you laugh
until you physically couldn’t anymore…
When you feel you’ve lost it all, it’s a perfect day for a new start.
It’s not a day to turn it all around in a heartbeat,
but a slow, steady walk back to yourself.
It’s about getting to know your body centimetre by centimetre,
slowly stroking your own back.
It’s about gently making love to yourself
and growing back your backbone, vertebra by vertebra.
It’s a day to put one foot in front of the other
and have trust because it’s all that you’ve got.
It’s a day to give yourself another second chance,
even though you thought that you’d run out of those too.
It’s a day to remember the strength that lifts its head
when you’ve fallen face-first to the ground.
It’s not about building sandcastles and dreams too high to reach,
it’s about coming back to the only real you that you’ve ever known.
It’s not about grasping for the best version of you,
it’s about embracing the shadow version of you.
It’s about getting to accept the weirdo who feels too much
or who builds up walls so that the feelings can’t escape.
It’s about looking into the eyes of your biggest demons
and standing still with your whole presence when your feet are running.
It’s a day to choose you, once again,
because who else is left.