To All the Men & Women

This is for all the men and women -

who manage depression or anxiety,

or who have struggled with what they feel

is expected from them by society;


For all the men and women -

who don't yet see their external beauty or beauty within,

or who feel they come up short,

and work each day to hold up their chin;


This is for all the men and women -

who have been hurt and forget they're worthy of it all:

of love, happiness, intimacy, a fulfilling life...

of feeling like the prince or princess of the ball;


To all the men and women -

who have ever had low self-esteem,

or who have been raped, assaulted, or deceived,

or who have been given an STD;


This is for all the men and women -

who often don't feel like they're enough,

or who constantly strive for perfection,

or who fear being vulnerable means they're not tough;


For all the men and women -

who get triggered not always knowing why;

or who are afraid of letting others in,

or trust that others won't mislead, deceive or lie;


This is for the women [and men] who inspire me every day -

showing me others have survived similar traumas and experiences

...so I too will be okay.


To all the men, women, boys, and girls reading this...in need...

not sure where to turn - in pain -

not knowing how to be happy, let alone survive or breathe...

One foot in front of the other,

One moment at a time,

One therapy appointment after another,

and soon...things start falling back inline


XOJEF



#tips #change

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