"When you feel like giving up — remember that you use 200 million cells to take one step forward. Do not badmouth yourself for the journey you have walked thus far, for it has taken effort and every single aspect of your body has come together to help you get to where you are.

Remember that your left lung is smaller than your right lung, just so that it can make room for the heart you hold within your chest. At your most primitive level your heart was favored, it took precedence. It will never be incapable of growing, it will never cease to hold the whole world within it, so do not try to stop it.

Remember that you shed your old skin every twenty-seven days. You were not made to hold your past within you, you were not made to carry it all on your back. You physically let go of every bad thing that has ever touched you, of every pair of foreign hands that worked to change who you are but never your demons; you let go of every regret, of every insecurity. You are always gifted a clean slate.

Remember that your tongue is the strongest muscle in your body. You were made to speak — so speak loudly, and honestly about how you feel. Speak about what hurts you, about what has broken you. Speak about your story, share it with the world.

Remember that the bones within your body are as strong as granite. You are never broken, you are never weak. When you feel like you couldn’t possibly bear the weight of heartbreak, of growth, remember that your foundations are stronger than concrete. You were made to endure, you were made to withstand.

Repeat after me: you were made to survive. Every single part of you, every single perceived flaw and every single aspect of who you are, was made with the intention of defying the odds. You were bred from tough pieces of this world, and therefore it will never be able to defeat you"