I think hope, at its core, is the ability to believe that things will not always be the way they are now. They will change, they will be better. It may not be today or tomorrow, but someday, things can and will be different.
I’ve never been thin. My whole life, I’ve struggled with my weight. I had to buy bigger clothing even as a kid. Physical activity in social settings always scared me because I knew I wouldn’t be able to keep up. And I have heard comments like, “You’d be so pretty if you’d just lose weight.”
This is all I have ever known. And for most of my life, I believed it was all I would ever know. This was not just a phase. It was my life, forever. I was truly hopeless.
Another thing I’m learning about hope is that you have to choose it. It’s not something you just have. You decide to have it, to hold on to it, and to let nothing take it from you.
So today I’m choosing hope. I’m choosing to believe that things are changing, and I will be different.