How did your week go? If you’re like many people, you were probably reflecting a little bit on life.
I’m only going to touch on this briefly, as others have said their piece better than I have, and I think we all could use a little dose of light-heartedness right now.
I have to tell you all, I’m being grateful for the people I still have in my life, and the fact that I’m still here.
Other bloggers have been sharing their inspiring stories, so here is my very short version.
I almost died at birth. It’s something I would do well to remember. I was given a second chance, and I believe it was for a reason. That wasn’t always so clear to me, though.
I suffered from depression as a teenager, and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. It started eating away at me when I entered junior high, in 7th grade. I had no one to talk to about it; nowhere to turn. I internalized it, and was able to write about it to get through. As others said, I had no clear-cut reason as to why I felt this way. I just did.
To make a very long and trying 7-year journey short: I am glad I was able to push through and see that how I was living my life wasn’t really living at all. When you’re hopeless and drowning in a sea of darkness, it’s difficult to break through and breathe.
The fact is, we only get one shot at this, and I was wasting my life away back then. I didn’t realize it at the time, as I was blind to all the good that surrounded me.
I don’t always live in the moment, but I do try, and that’s a lot more than I can say I was doing 6 years ago.
Remind yourself that you’re awesome
Nowadays, I can remind myself that I’m pretty awesome, and I’m sure you all are, too! After all, you are reading this ;).
After so many of you shared that you struggle with perfection this week, I’ve come to a few conclusions:
- We need to give ourselves a pat on the back. Seriously. Life is too short to constantly berate yourself for this and that. Chances are, it won’t matter in a year. Embrace yourself for who you are. I’m pretty positive there’s someone out there that loves you, and you should love yourself, too. I don’t normally get all sappy, but an overwhelming amount of you resonated with my post this week, and it saddened me to see so many of us doubt ourselves.
- We need to be our own best friend. I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t say half the stuff I say to myself to a friend. I’m big on encouraging people and cheering them on, but I suck at doing it for myself. We can’t sit around on the sidelines waiting for others to bring us up. We have to do it ourselves.
- We also need to learn to take a break. Shannon was just talking about how she barely remembers to relax. Given what you guys said a few days ago, I’m sure that’s true for a lot of you. Again – we only get one shot at life. Do you want to spend it being a workaholic? If that works for you, great, but if you’re like most people, you enjoy a break once in a while. Leave work at work, do something fun and enjoyable this weekend, and remember to live a little, okay?
I’ve said it before, but I really am grateful for all of you who leave comments. I learned, big time, that I wasn’t alone this week. But now, I want to make sure I give back a little. So I hope this post brightened your day, and if you find yourself in need of a hug, I’ll send you a virtual one!
Remember that life is what we make of it. We’re already stressed, let’s not make it worse on ourselves. It all starts with recognizing that we are far from powerless. We can choose how to react to every situation. Make a decision that will have a positive impact.
I’ll leave you all with a nice uplifting song that I used to play over and over again. I hope you enjoy it! ♥