Acceptance, Forgiveness & Strength

Your past and your addictions will always be there to haunt you. To live a life without these demons is not possible because they are always in your head. The key is how we store these long ago memories or vices that want to tear us down once again. How we look at them when they resurface and how we feel about them will determine our ability to deal with them successfully.

Acceptance Accept the cards you were given in life. You can't choose your family or certain circumstances. No matter how much sadness or hurt you've experienced, there is nothing you can do to change what's already happened. Rather, try to look at these life challenges in a positive light while moving forward. Whatever struggles you've faced have hopefully made you a stronger person and helped you to better yourself in the future.

Forgiveness
Forgiveness of oneself. Forgive yourself for all the bullshit you still carry with you. It does nothing but weigh you down and the focus on events that you play over and again in your mind is not conducive to living a happy life. If there are things you regret, accept them for what they are. Your experiences in the past, good or bad, have shaped you into the person you are today. Don't blame yourself. It's not your fault. You were young and stupid. Now you are older and hopefully wiser.

Strength
Be strong or at least push yourself more each day than you did the day before. It may not feel like much after a week but after months or even years, you will look back and be proud of how far you've come.

It may seem like I have it all together but I'm still trying to find my way like most of the people on this planet. We get so consumed in our own bullshit that we think we are the only ones struggling. We are not alone in this fight. To have an understanding that each person is going through a battle of their own creates more of an understanding and compassion towards one another. Be kind to yourself and always be kind to others.