I hope you remember to show more empathy,
I hope you try to listen without prejudice,
I hope you’re there when your friends tell you they want to end it all.
I hope you’re not afraid to open up about your struggles,
About the demons you’ve faced, and the ones you’ve destroyed.
I hope you are a safe space for others,
I hope love flows out of you, unforced.
I hope you are someone’s sunshine,
I hope you’re a light that beckons to others,
A light that reminds them that the darkness isn’t forever.
I hope you heal,
I hope you laugh again,
And I hope you find the reason to enjoy life again.
As we recognize World Mental Health Day, I hope you recognize that you matter more than words can say.