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Empathy has no script. There is no right way or wrong way to do it. It’s simply listening, holding space, withholding judgment, emotionally connecting, and communicating that incredibly healing message of ‘You’re not alone.’

Life changes. You lose love. You lose friends. You lose pieces of yourself that you never imagined would be gone. And then, without you even realizing it, these pieces come back. New love enters. Better friends come along. And a stronger, wiser you is staring back in the mirror.

People with weird personalities make the best friends. Being able to be openly weird actually relieves stress and anxiety.

Spend time with people who are good for your mental health.

Understand that healing and growing can distance you from people who you once had a bond with, and it can also bring you closer to those who will heal and grow with you. The time in between can be difficult, but there is so much to learn in solitude.

We need more people who are willing to say, ‘I’ve been there, and I’m here. You can always talk to me without judgment.’

Tell your people you love them. Life is so fragile.

At the end of the day, I’d rather be excluded for who I include than included for who I exclude.

As you get older you really just want to be surrounded by good people. People who are good for you, good to you, and good for your soul.

If we grew apart as friends, there’s 100% chance I’m still cheering you on from afar and that I still love you.

You should always tell people how important they are to you. Always.

The introvert empath: Sometimes they want to be left alone. Sometimes they want to be included. But most of the time they want to be included with the option to be left alone.

You have no idea how many people there are in the world whose day could be made and their life changed for the better if someone would just look them in the eye, smile, and say, ‘Hello.’

Our brains are wired for connection, but trauma rewires them for protection. That’s why healthy relationships are difficult for wounded people.

Being told you’re appreciated is one of the simplest yet most incredible things you can ever hear.

Be kind to one another. Say a word or two of encouragement. You never know who may need those gentle reminders more than anything today.

If today gets difficult, remember the smell of coffee, the way sunlight bounces off a window, the sound of your favorite person’s laugh, the feeling when a song you love comes on, the color of the sky at dusk, and that we are here to take care of each other.

Please remember to check in on your strong friend, your busy friend, your happy friend, your ‘seems to handle everything well’ friend.

You can be whoever you want to be. Just be honest and kind. And be the kind of person who helps others see their worth and beauty.

I will never be that friend who calls you every day, but I will always be that friend you can rely on when your world collapses.