This is a letter I wrote to myself after a year of dating... me. When it became clear divorce, dating men, hanging out with girlfriends, and my habits were no longer meeting my needs, I made me, and only me, a priority. After about a year, this is what I understood to be true. My hope, in the work I do with my clients, is that they too, can learn to know themselves this purely.
I love you. I love you like I've loved no other before. You are my everything, my being, my purpose, my promise. I give to you my strength, my cause, my desire, my dream. Your are the reason I've become who I am. You are the reason I am here. May you always know you are the center of my drive. You are why I get up every day. You are why I let myself sleep at night. You are why I make room for more kindness and peace in this space I call myself. I love you. I care for you. I want you to know you matter. You're significant. You're real, alive, and meaningful to me. You are my future, my promise, my past, my beginning, my end. You are what's real to me. You are why I am capable of living my future. You are why I can breathe. You are why I am awake, aware, and home wherever I find myself. I'm grateful to you. I'm grateful you're here. You listen to me. You care. You know my truth. You know what's real to me, why I matter, what I mean. I thank you for loving me as I love you. You're everything to me, my breath, my blood, my truth. Future, hope, life, guide, strength, purpose, patience, acceptance, tolerance, hope, belief, love, you... I am you. Forever and ever more, I am, will be, had been, once and eternal. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
I hope you were able to read this as if you were speaking to yourself. If not, read it again. Look at yourself in the mirror and read it outloud to you. It is a wonderful feeling. You are worth it.