Stop. Stop questioning. Stop over-thinking. Stop looking back and trying to measure where you’ve been or how far you have left to go. Stop telling yourself you aren’t there yet, or aren’t good enough.
Because right where you are in this moment—even in all this imperfection and mess and steps still left to take—is exactly where you’re supposed to be.
Thousands of moments led up to this. Hundreds of decisions and actions. Millions of tiny thoughts and mistakes and blessings have brought you are. And here is good.
For some reason we keep telling ourselves that we aren’t enough, that we have so far to go, that we’ll never reach this supposed ‘level’ or ‘standard’ we hold ourselves to. But we forget that every step of the journey is part of the journey. We forget that there are going to be rough patches on the road to success, that there will be downs to each of our ups, and that sometimes we’re not going to be moving at all, but instead standing still. And all of these places are okay.
Because where we are in every moment is where we’re supposed to be.
We’re supposed to be tired. We’re supposed to be defeated. We’re supposed to be stuck. We’re supposed to be stagnant. Because these places are temporary, and will eventually change.
Just like we will have moments of great success, moments of absolute perfection, moments where we can’t stop smiling because it feels like everything’s falling into place.
See, everything is a part of the journey. Every high and low, good and bad, moment of peace or utter confusion. We just have to remind ourselves that we’re doing just fine—right where we are. We have to tell ourselves that we are strong and capable, that we can push through, that we are enough in our beautiful bones and skin.
We have to stop telling ourselves that we are failing. We have to stop telling ourselves that we won’t make it because we haven’t yet. We have to stop telling ourselves that we are losing. Because there’s nothing to lose.
We are only gaining—knowledge, wisdom, experience, lessons. Everything we go through teaches us how to survive. Every obstacle helps us learn who we are. Every painful moment breaks us, but builds us. And little by little, we are making it through.
So stop. Stop worrying. Stop wondering. Stop letting yourself feel defeated and broken. You are none of those things. You are a person who is growing, changing, learning, becoming, succeeding. And where you are right now? That’s exactly where you’re supposed to be. Trust in the moment, and more importantly, trust yourself. You are incredible and strong.
Marisa Donnelly is a poet and author of the book, Somewhere on a Highway, available here.
Source: Thought Catalog
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