When you panic that you've made a crazy life choice, hold your nerve.
When you're convinced that you're not good enough, hold your nerve.
When you feel guilty for not working 9 to 5, when someone asks you entirely the wrong question, when you're not where you want to be, hold your nerve.
When you feel like you're running out of time, hold your nerve.
When you're ill and frustrated with slowing down, hold your nerve.
When you feel sick with worry about money, hold your nerve.
When you offer something that you've put your heart and soul into and nobody likes it, nobody buys it, nobody seems to care, hold your nerve.
When you compare yourself to others and come up wanting, hold your nerve.
When world events make you feel small and your efforts trivial, hold your nerve.
When you regret the years you've wasted, when you feel like you're too old to be starting again, when you doubt your ability to see it through, when it all feels impossible...
Hold. Your. Nerve.
You will get there. You are all right. You are better than you know.
(Inspired by wise words in an episode of Own It!)
Cartoonist and comics creator at Richard Pettitt Art. Studio in Uckfield, East Sussex, England.