Staring at the blank page before you
Open up the dirty window
Let the sun illuminate the words that you could not find
Reaching for something in the distance
So close you can almost taste it
Release your inhibitions
Feel the rain on your skin

No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins
The rest is still unwritten

Most of us know this song by Natasha Bedingfield. It’s a happy, inspirational song to live life to the fullest. To me, I’ve always found it encouraging. No matter how low I get or how much I screw up, my future is still “unwritten.” The best part? I hold the pen. I can write it as I see fit.

I can give myself a positive future, full of love from friends & family. I’m not trapped by mental illness or by others’ expectations. My life is my own. A good friend told me yesterday, “Rome wasn’t built in a day. And neither are you.” I am a work in progress. Others will come & judge based on the one page they’ve seen in my life. But those who read my story will see it as a beautiful tale of perseverance¬†& determination. A lesser person would give up, but I refuse to. I’m putting my pen to paper & my story will have a happy ending.

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