I read it and couldn’t believe it came from the mouth of a 13-year-old girl, albeit a very deep 13-year-old who happens to be an aspiring musician that likes bands like Aerosmith, Jefferson Airplane and Led Zeppelin. (In this Bieber-fever-Bruno-Mars-Goo-Goo-for-GaGa world of teens, how in the world does a 13 year-old know about Zeppelin and Aerosmith?) Her name is Alexis. But in true “I-want-to-be-my-own-person-and-have-a-cool-rock-star-name” fashion, she goes by the moniker “Scarlett Rayne.” She’s one of the girls on our Teen Identity Team and my photographer wife Tasra interviewed Scarlett for her blog yesterday. There was one particular part of the interview that stood out to me. When asked what she tells her friends when they’re feeling down, this is what Scarlett had to say:
I usually have to say something along the lines of, “Hang in there, there are things to live for, you just have to find them. Giving up is easy, keep holding on and one day you will find that something to live for. Sometimes it may feel that you’re the only one that’s hurting, the only one that’s in this position, that life couldn’t get any worse and this is the only way out, but it’s not and you’re not the only one, you’re not alone, you just need to hang in there and I promise you, you will see that light at the end of the tunnel things will get better. You just have to take life one moment at a time. Things will get better, trust me they will; I promise you.”
How can you read that and not be inspired?
How many times have you felt like throwing in the towel?
How many times has life gotten so hard, it took every ounce of strength in you just to get out of bed in the morning?
How many times have you said to yourself, “Is this really worth it?”
Well, the next time you’re feeling like that, I want you to remember the words of Scarlett Rayne.
Giving up is easy. Keep holding on!