It’s You

By: Kabahuma Ishabellah
A Break Diver in Uganda

[Edited slightly by staff editors for clarity, paragraphs, and spelling, but in general, the English and grammar remain in the style of the author.]

When it all hurt like hell and my world was falling apart around me, they all told me to let go and move on. Like it was that simple.

I stared silently as they spoke, watching them carefully, studying them. They all had one thing in common–they didn’t know what to say.

They simply wanted to say something nice even if they didn’t mean it.

I understood that they cared–some of them anyway–but they didn’t have to, they didn’t have to pretend to understand simply because we’ve all had our hearts broken. The pain is forever new.

When breathing became the toughest thing to do, I closed my eyes and shut the world out. I got out of the dark corner of my mind and took hold of my thoughts.

Break Diver Kabahuma Ishabellah

I thought good thoughts and I pulled myself out of the abyss.

It was all me–that’s what I am here to say.

It’s all you–you need you to get up and take control of your life.

You’ll survive–I did.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: I am a 20-year old student of accounting and finance at the university, a writer, a singer, and a makeup artist. My name is Kabahuma Ishabellah.

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