daily-reminder

You Are Valid...

You are valid if you have never had sex.
You are valid if you have had sex.
You are valid if you want sex.
You are valid if you don’t want sex.
You are valid if you want a relationship.
You are valid if you don’t want a relationship.
You are valid if you are single.
You are valid if you are dating someone.
You are valid if you are dating more than one person.
You are valid if you are married.
You are valid if you want kids.
You are valid if you don’t want kids.
You are valid if you have kids.
You are valid if you don’t have kids.
You are valid if you have a disability.
You are valid if you don’t have a disability.
You are valid if you have been abused.
You are valid if you have been assaulted.
You are valid if you’ve been institutionalized.
You are valid if you are religious.
You are valid if you aren’t religious.
You are valid no matter your language.
You are valid no matter your nationality.
You are valid no matter your skin color.
You are valid if you are questioning your identity.
You are valid if you are cisgender.
You are valid if you are transgender.
You are valid if you are non-binary.
You are valid if you are agender.
You are valid if you are gender fluid.
You are valid.
Period.

I once threw away my own pen and burned my own book. I locked myself that night in my room, told my self that I am no protagonist. That I’m far from being my own heroine.

It took me three years to understand that no matter how small I felt, no matter how insignificant I felt, I am the heroine of my own story. For the longest time, I tried so hard to be a protagonist of a story that wasn’t mine. I became a supporting character. Sometimes, I only got the smallest role. The girl who passed by. The classmate whose pen fell on the floor. The stranger with a loud laugh. I am all those.

And more.

I am my own lead character. And I tell you this: 

My story is just starting to unfold.
—  note to self // mediwriter

FRIENDLY REMINDER: You are allowed to feel proud of yourself for things that might seem silly to other people, like getting better at a video game or putting together a nice outfit for the next morning or finishing a book. You deserve to feel proud for your accomplishment.

Everything will be okay.
Everything will be okay.
Everything will be okay.
Everything will be okay.
Everything will be okay.
Everything will be okay.
Everything will be okay.
Everything will be okay.
Everything will be okay.
Everything will be okay.
Everything will be okay.
Everything will be okay.
Everything will be okay.
Everything will be okay.
Everything will be okay.

Izzy’s daily reminder: 

It is ok to take breaks. 

You are allowed to step away from your desk, make yourself a cup of tea, take a long shower, watch a movie or bake some cookies.

You are still succeeding. 

You are still doing something productive.

Productivity isn’t only seeing results in academic progress. Productivity also means being able to realise when you need to relax and take a break to work on your mental health and just health in general.