Stop sitting up at night, replaying all of your awkward moments in your head. Stop thinking about the ways you have screwed up in the past. Stop selling yourself short, because you are better than your worst days.
Everyone has said things they aren’t proud of saying. Everyone has done things they wish they could erase from their mind. Everyone has regrets about what they have done and what they have failed to do.
You can’t let your worst moments define you. Failing once does not mean you are going to fail every other time you put yourself out there. It does not mean you should give up and go home.
If one person rejects you, that does not mean you should stop dating forever. If one boss fires you, that does not mean you should stop working forever. It does not mean you should throw up your hands and say you tried your hardest but it wasn’t good enough. You have to dust yourself off and take another shot.
You can’t let your doubts stall you. You can’t hide yourself away in your bedroom because you’re worried about history repeating itself.
Whenever something goes wrong, you have to try again. You have to give it another go. You have to work your ass off to get where you want to end up.
Don’t let one bad experience convince you to give up on yourself. Don’t let your insecurities chew away your desire to chase your dreams.
You have to keep in mind that you are better than your worst days. You are stronger than you will ever admit to yourself. You might not see how powerful you are, but ask one of your friends and see what they have to say. They are sure to raise your spirits, raise your hopes, and raise your expectations for yourself.
You are doing better than you give yourself credit for, so stop hating yourself when you should be loving yourself.
You are strong, even when you break down in tears. You are beautiful, even when you feel too gross to leave the house. You are going to make something of yourself, even though you feel like you keep screwing up every opportunity that comes your way.
One day, everything will fall into place. Not because the universe owes you something. Because you are going to work your ass off until it happens.
You have the courage. You have the dedication. You just can’t give up on yourself, even when you are tempted to stop trying.
No matter how hard life becomes, stop acting like the world is against you, because the world is in the palm of your hand. You can do whatever you set your heart on — it just won’t happen overnight. It takes time. Patience. Effort.
If you want something, you can get it. You can make it happen as long as you never forget that you are better than your worst days. You are stronger than your weakest moments.
Holly is the author of Severe(d): A Creepy Poetry Collection.
This article first appeared on Thought Catalog