Acknowledging where you are is powerful.
It is a way of saying, “This is who I am, and these are the things I’m dealing with.”
And sometimes acknowledging where you are means looking unblinkingly at a lot of unpleasant things.
Depression. Loss. Lack of opportunities. Pain.
And that unflinching look at the things you absolutely must deal with?
That is the first step towards healing. Towards fighting for better.
But all too often people get stuck in the acknowledgement phase. Instead of starting where they are and figuring out how to move forward, they look at where they are and decide to make themselves comfortable.
They decide that where they are right now is all they will ever be. They turn where they are into an excuse for not trying. An excuse to dig in their heels and wallow in the unfairness of it all.
And I get it. Because trying to make life better is hard. It requires energy. Determination. It requires you to make changes without any guarantees that your situation will ever improve.
But what would you rather fight for?
Your limitations? Or a chance for a better tomorrow?
And yes, some of us have to deal with some truly horrendous shit. We have abusive childhoods to overcome, or debilitating pain, or brains that seem incapable of seeing anything but the darkness of life.
We may feel hopeless. Powerless. Broken.
But if you are capable of looking at where you are and thinking for even a moment, in the smallest of whispers, “I want more?”
Then you have proven that you are not broken. You are powerful beyond measure.
So, what do you fight for?