I know heartbreak as well
as I know the taste of the ocean in my tears
and the way my breath gets stuck in my heart
instead of my throat.
I know you'd assume I would say
that I wish I didn't.
I know what it's like to cry
when you wake up
and realize yesterday wasn't just a dream.
I know what it's like to walk with two feet
that don't feel like your own.
I know what it's like -- to feel alone.
I know what it's like to be lost
but only because you're so terrified to open your eyes
and find yourself forlorn.
I know what it's like to be drunk
from your tears and sober from the pain.
I know what it's like,trust me.
I know what it's like to be a mess,
to be heartbreak's biggest success.
I know what it's like to be a fool, to be naive.
I know what it's like to lose my dignity
and misplace my faith.
I know what it's like to miss my laugh
and forget my smile.
I know what it's like to carry regret with you
on a chain around your neck.
I know what it's like...
knowing that the whole world sees you falling
and no one is following you down.
I know what it's like being down there
and seeing the world go on without you.
What else do I know?
I know that the darkness fades,
and that your smile has the power
to light up the sky like the country's brightest
Fourth of July.
I know that the sun
always eventually shines
through the clouds,
and when it doesn't
you learn to dance in its shadows
and in the rain like glitter
is falling from the sky.
I know that the pain
will always be a memory,
but I know that memories
won't always be painful.
I know that you don't just learn to walk again,
but you learn to run to new dreams,
to old dreams, and to all things.
I know that you could carry regret
with you to your grave,
but if you let go of it - if you let go -
you can fly right out of heartbreak.
I know that the taste of your laughter
will taste better than your tears.
I made it,
and so can you.
I made it long ago
but now it's okay to go back to help you
because it doesn't hurt to remember anymore.
Know that it really doesn't hurt forever.
You fall for strangers in coffees shops.
You sing along to songs you used to hate.
I'm happy to report that
that stupid line "time heals all" is true.
Now I am resilient.
Now I am happier alone than I ever was together.
Now I know what I want and what I don't.
Now I can smile at the past
and flirt with the future.
Now it's your turn.
I know you - you can do this.
Come with me —
come see the beauty at heartbreak's wake.
Your life is waiting for you there.