"make yourself proud"

my friend uttered these words to me a while back in regards to making it through the summer and they've stuck with me for the past three months. acting as a guiding light, they've helped me take a step back and do my best to live intentionally, and more importantly own up to it when i haven't. 

i've spent hours trying to write more related to his quote, but there is so much power and beauty in the simplicity of those words that not much else needs to be said.