★·.·´¯The Lighthouse¯`·.·★

Be a light in the dark. Shine brightly for those who have lost their way in the storm. Use your story to help another person continue their own. You are loved. You are significant. You belong here. Be blessed!

Above all else, we choose to stay. We choose to fight the darkness and the sadness, to fight the questions and the lies and the myth of all that’s missing. We choose to stay, because we are stories still going. Because there is still some time for things to turn around, time for surprises and for change. We stay because no one else can play our part.

- Jamie Tworkowski, “We’ll See You Tomorrow.”

(via twloha)
And I don’t believe in such a thing as “happily ever after”. There’s only happily every now and then. I find the hardest trick is to recognize the now-and-thens, and to bask in them when they come. Happiness is a choice we make, like how to wear our hair, or having coffee with breakfast and tea at night.
Cindy Bonner (via observando)
You don’t have to spend another day walking on eggshells, apologizing for existing. You can decide today that your life matters, your story is essential, and learn to dance in the glory of being alive.

With love,

Dele Olanubi

There’s so much more to me
Than what your little eyes can see
Yet when you look at me
You think you’ve figured me out

Don’t you realize your point of view
Cannot ever contain the magnitude of me?
Don’t you understand that I am not
Defined, limited, or broken by you?

You’ve never taken the time
To know me as a fellow human being
Yet you believe that you know who I am
You know nothing — I am infinite

You cannot fathom the thoughts
That dance inside my mind
I have dreams that sizzle
Down into my messy soul
There are scars in my heart
That words cannot describe
I have been broken and remade
Too many times

The next time you glance my way
Don’t try to chain me down
Take a moment to see me
For the glorious creation
I am
I was
And will always be

Because when I look at you
I see a precious person
Who is so much more than
A size
A job
A status
Or any of the never ending labels
We have created
To define mankind

You matter
I matter
We all matter

Embrace that

With love,

Dele Olanubi

I have learned over the years how essential gentleness towards oneself is. When you are having a bad moment, bad day, bad year, or a seemingly bad life you owe it to yourself to be kind, to be patient, and to be loving.

Beating yourself up over mistakes of the past or present doesn’t help you in anyway to do better. It’s an act of abuse against yourself, and it will only make you hurt more.

Don’t break apart your own soul. Don’t crush your heart into pieces. Please don’t destroy yourself from the inside out. Be gentle with yourself every single second of every moment of every single day. You are learning, you are growing — you will fumble and stumble but I know you can and will rise again.

You are worthy of your own attention, care, and forgiveness. If you’ve been treating yourself badly today I really hope that you’ll take this opportunity to no longer speak hate into your life but rather love, hope, healing, and joy.

You are not a bad person.
You are not a failure.
You are not meaningless.
You are not born to suffer.
You are not fated for misery.

You are a precious human being. Sweetheart, YOU ARE A PRECIOUS HUMAN BEING. A bad moment doesn’t change that. A mistake doesn’t undo your worth. You are a magnificent treasure, and I hope that today you would begin the process of restoring your soul.

With a whole lot of love,

Dele

It’s not that I don’t know, but rather I cannot believe.