Long story short, I survived. I made it through tragedy and terrible circumstance. I made it through the wars I waged in my own head. No matter how impossible it has felt to keep going, I have kept a light on inside because I am a survivor, not a victim. This affirmation is for my fellow warriors, light-bringers, and believers in another chance to be new.
“You’re not a victim for sharing your story. You are a survivor setting the world on fire with your truth. And you never know who needs your light, your warmth, and raging courage.” — Alex Elle
I know what it feels like to lose someone I love—a few times over. I know what it feels like to wonder why on earth tragedy had to knock on my door the way it did; I didn’t even have a chance to prepare myself for that kind of heartache.
Is there really a good time for your heart to break? Is it even possible to be ready for suffering?
I wonder, since there are a lot of people out there like me if I can be living, breathing proof of what’s possible after the fall. Can I be like a phoenix and rise from my own destruction, better than before? Why not? It’s an incredible challenge most days, and that’s surely an understatement. Still, I can try.
In fact, I feel like I’ve grown into who I was always capable of being because of what I’ve gone through. My brother’s suicide was the stimulus that sent me searching for who I was meant to be. I have been changed, but I have not been diminished.The people I consider breathtakingly beautiful are the ones who have risen, all the way from rock bottom. Click To Tweet
If you know what it’s like to wonder how on earth you’re ever going to make it through some terrible thing, and then you do somehow make it through, this is for you.
Use this affirmation as a backdrop for those days when you need to remember how resilient you can be.
I am a survivor.
I cannot be defined by a situation. I am no victim of circumstance. I am more powerful than that.
I am not imprisoned by an opinion nor am I not chained to painful beliefs, memories, or identities. I am so much bigger than any of that.
I am not broken and I have not been hardened into stone. The places where I’ve been cracked apart have been mended with gold; I’m now stronger than I ever knew I could be and more beautiful than before. I have gone further than I ever thought I could go.
I am still loving after all I have been through because it’s how I choose to be. I find fortitude in my vulnerability. Though there’s no way to erase the terror I’ve seen, there’s still love to give and joy to receive. How I live my life now is my responsibility.
All of this, because I am a survivor, not a victim.“If I told you how I got this way… you would marvel that I got up today.” — Alfa Click To Tweet
I am what I choose to become.
I am not what yesterday told me to be. I am strong in what I choose to become.
I write hope all over my future so that I can live my best in the present moment. This has become my home because this is where peace is possible—not back then and not “someday, when.”
I am not tethered to what can’t be changed or rearranged. I focus on what I can do from this place. Healing presents itself to me in all sorts of ways because I am open to feeling whole today.
I choose not to be full of someone else’s wrongdoings. Even if I’m not ready to forgive, I remain willing to learn how, one day, I can. One day at a time, I create my new life. I trust that I can do the things that seem impossible today; I’ve done that before.
I own the power to rebuild myself anew.
All of this, because there is a strength within me even when I feel weak.
I share my story as a healing.
I don’t wait for the world to give me what I want. I give myself what I need and I give the world what I long to see.
What I have survived has given me my shine.
I am better and not bitter because this is the way I’ve chosen to grow. I know that how I live my life is an example for others, maybe a guiding light for some. I take this role of glowing seriously, graciously, so that others may know hope.
I may have suffered in silence before, but now I am healing hand in hand. I have walked out of the fire with a firehose in my hand, ready to help however I can.
I wear my scars to show how a phoenix is born from ashes and hope.
All of this, because I know how it feels to make the impossible possible.“Smile at the obstacle, for it is a bridge.” — Medusa Click To Tweet
If you’re willing to share about an experience you thought would destroy you but you made it through, I’d love to hear your story of transformation. If you share it in the comments below, it might inspire someone else.
Please share any healing thoughts, powerful insights you’ve picked up from your journey, advice for anyone struggling right now, favorite excerpts from this affirmation, or anything else with me in the comments.
Glow for someone else today; send them this affirmation as a symbol of your support.
Use your “I Am” statements wisely.