When you’re standing in darkness, it feels like everything is still. It feels like nothing is changing because everything is motionless, but somewhere in the world it is a different time of day. People are going about their lives, waving goodbye to their children, watching them disappear behind the school gates. Someone is peering at a patient fastened to machines through a glass door. Somebody else is pouring ingredients into a bowl, entranced by an image of a transcendent banana loaf, or standing on a railway track awaiting their own demise. Someone is in a jovial embrace at the airport with an old friend believed to be lost. The earth is orbiting; the birds are flying. This moment is not where you will be stuck forever because we can transcend time. Your life is moving forward. Look at a clock, the seconds are passing. Things will change because they are changing even when we believe that they are still. That object on your desk doesn’t look like it is moving but the seconds are bringing it into the future, and thus it is transcending time just as you are.
Move your arms. See, you can do it. You are in control of your body, no matter how foreign it may seem. It can hear the command of your brain because you are inside your limbs. You are in control. You are the inhabitant of your own body. You are here, now, in this moment, inside your veins, behind that flesh. Move your arms, do it, see you can hear yourself. You are alive beneath that skeleton.
Listen to the sound of your breath and recognise that you are existing. This now, this is survival. Now fight for it, fight because you can still feel the electricity in your veins, because you can feel that you have something left to give. You’re not ready to go yet, there is still a fire burning beneath your flesh. You have the capacity to fuel it, to do everything that you want to be remembered for. Stop listening to your mind; command it because you will not be your own victim. Use that fire and be fierce.
. Empower yourself even when it means fighting
an internal war, because one day when you’re at the height of your triumph, you
will look back at the scars and recognise this moment as your greatest success.
And if you can fight this right now, if you can fight yourself, then you are invincible and you will slay.
Don’t give your mind a voice, be the voice. Battle
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