this is your reminder that sometimes the hardest moments of our lives shape us. that sometimes the deepest heartache changes us for the better. that the relationships we lose teach us what we value when the next person comes along. that the unanswered prayers might be what we really needed. that every awful night we experience makes us who we really are. this is your reminder that you won’t always feel the way you do right now. that in time, you will wake without thinking of that person or thing you walked away from, or the mistake you made. that with space and time, you will begin to find yourself again, in ways that could have never imagined you could. this is your reminder that what breaks will remold — into something even better. that what bends can be reformed. that what shatters can be put back together again, this time with even more patience and care — into something that doesn’t resemble the original but shines even brighter in the light. this is your reminder that a breakthrough always happens in the midst of pain. that even when you think you cannot pull through, you crawl and scratch and kick your way back to yourself. this is your reminder that you can be defeated but never destroyed. this is your reminder that you can and will survive this.