“It’s going to be okay and you are going to come out of this like a champion. You’re beautiful and strong, just hold on.”
Those were the words I needed to hear whenever I was a teenager living on my own and trying to survive, love, and be loved. I didn’t often hear anything like that, though.
I worked three jobs, barely made rent, and lived on Ramen Noodles and leftover food from working in Fast Food. I barely had time to sleep, much less talk to anyone.
So, as I grew older, I caught myself advising people younger than me. Nothing official, and nothing consistent per se, but definitely sharing my life experiences and telling them to “hold on just a little longer, it’s going to be okay.” Because it will be okay. Everyone needs someone to lean on sometimes and that is completely normal. We can’t always be strong and independent. As humans, we need to make mistakes and have someone to tell us how to get back on our feet.
Be the person you needed when you were younger.
Ask someone if they need a hand making it through the day. See the situation and ask yourself, “can I make this easier for the person enduring it?”
Because we all need to be picked up and carried sometimes.