A Reminder

If there is one thing that my life has taught me to this point it is this:
just keep going.

When the roof falls in and you lose your house, when you have nowhere left to live,
move to another place and
just keep going.

When you’re taken away from the place you loved and the community you related to,
integrate yourself as best you can and
just keep going.

When someone injures you so badly that you can no longer perform a basic human function
patch yourself up as best you can and
just keep going.

When you’re made to spend long stretches of time with someone who’s nearly killed you,
fight for your life in whatever way you can and
just keep going.

When they try to brainwash you, try to take away your mind and your ability to use it,
visit the library in secret and
just keep going.

When it feels like there’s nothing and no one left, no friends you can tell or turn to,
hold that tiny piece of dogged resistance deep inside and
just keep going.

When they tell you your body is broken, that you probably won’t survive the year,
toss your head high, power on through it and
just keep going.

When the people you loved turn against you, when no one and nothing is left,
turn a new page, start a new life and
just keep going.

Yes it’s exhausting, but if it’s possible, it’s worth it. Because you will find love again, even when it feels like hate is winning. There will be more obstacles, you will fall down many more times; sometimes people will trip you up. Sometimes you will just fall yourself; done, defeated. But you rise.

The joy is temporary, your mind tells you; something else will go wrong. And it is right. But the pain is also temporary. Even those pains that leave lifelong scars have corresponding joys that still make you smile when you think of them years later.

So keep reaching out. Other people are feeling like this too, and maybe just by your mutual presence you can help each other. Keep moving forward. Keep your head and your spirits as high as you can, and

just. keep. going.