It was not in vain.
If you don't see the purpose, take a moment, turn your head around, look back, press play, don't turn away, watch the very scene you're running from and stare it in the centre.
Mountains have been forged in your back muscles, a reminder of the decent, of the climb, of the scale.
With each exhale, breathe out the fear.
It is not who you are.
Every ripple you have created in this plane, every word uttered, every gentle brush of your fingers against another's, has carried wisdom at it's core, has held compassion in it's embrace, has carved understanding into your palm and into their forehead.
The growth is astounding.
They say don't look back, but if you don't look back, you can't see the movement, you can't recognise the thickening of your skin, you can't acknowledge the swelling of your heart muscles, you can't appreciate the power you turned your pain into and use it to serve your highest good.
The past does not define you.
The past does not become you.
But it moulded you and you owe your own journey the acceptance of this.
This is not on them, this is on you.
They didn't make you strong with their wrongdoings.
But you did.
You sat in that discomfort and you made the conscious decision not to become them. You made the conscious decision to rise from the pit you were left in and you stood tall.
Release the fear.
Let that breath out slowly,
your chest is not home to the dread.
Your lips house the words of the cruelest of people behind them, glued to your insides from their tongue and yet they stay swallowed, with a gut that refuses to vomit anything but butterflies and you don't even see that this is courage.
That you are courage.
That you, are, courage.
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