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I don't like to be vulnerable, but if I need this then I'm sure someone else does to:

Dear college girl whose world has been turned upside down because that boy decided to stop talking to you today.

Dear college girl who’s so confused about the future that you’re not even excited for it.

Dear college girl who feels completely alone on a campus filled with 20,000 people.

Dear college girl who cries in the shower so no one knows how unworthy you feel.

Dear college girl who’s still dealing with mean girls when you thought that would stop after high school.

Dear college girl who has been left out in the cold, all alone, and is waiting to be rescued.

Dear college girl that has no one to fall into anymore, because the people you thought would be your bridesmaids now pretend you don’t exist.

College girl, it sounds like life as you know it is over. There’s no reason to stay where you are. You might as well pack up. Go home.

But you should stay.

Don’t stay because you can’t get your tuition money back. Don’t stay because you can’t get out of an apartment lease.

Stay because you’re stronger than whatever or whoever you’re dealing with. You’re stronger than the things that knock you down right when you stand back up. You’re stronger than the people that pretended to be your best friend and now won’t even smile at you. You’re stronger than staying upside down just because someone turned you that way.

I know what it’s like. I know it’s hard. I know it’s not fun. I know that the last thing you want to do is stay and the last thing you want to hear is how strong you are. I know this because I’m not just writing this to you. I’m writing this to me.

You feel like you’ve been abandoned by everyone and you feel like you have no one to go to.

God will never abandon you. God will always hold you when you run to Him.

You feel like you have no one to talk to, no one to laugh with.

God always hears you. You can tell Him everything. You can laugh with Him.

You feel like you have no one to call even for something as simple as a trip to Target.

Put on a worship playlist and take Jesus with you. He’ll be with you every step you take in the store and He’ll be with you in the car on the way back home. He’ll even walk you to the door and go inside with you.

It’s easy to get into the routine of being sad. Sad is easy when you’re, well, sad. Optimism feels like the enemy when all you can see is darkness.

We all need to realize that life is only as dark as we let it dim. Flip the switch and turn the light back on. I know, it’s not as easy as literally flipping on a light switch. I wish it was, that would be great, but it’s just not. Happiness takes work and it takes time. For some it takes even more time.

The clock on the wall doesn’t stop ticking just because we do. Be the clock. Be the light switch. Keep ticking, even when you don’t want to. Turn on your light even when you want to sit in the dark.

Dear college girl that related to even just one thing I said, stay, tick, and be bright. Throw yourself into what makes you feel and feel all the feels. Feel your sad, but feel your happy more.

Dear college girl that needed to hear this, read it again. Read it until you can do it, because you will be able to do it.

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