As I have previously mentioned, life hasn’t exactly been easy for me the last few weeks. Personal issues have left me feeling down and angry with no real outlet to express those emotions. Exercising keeps me sane, it keeps me from bursting into tears or starting to yell, but my support network has been what keeps me steady and calm.
I work had to take care of myself. I am a completely independent person and live my life the best I can with the resources I have. I write in my gratitude journal to bring myself joy. Or I go for a walk at lunch to calm nagging voices of fear and loathing. Or I turn to barre class or a run to help funnel some of my emotions elsewhere. But I also have an amazing support system that help me lead a better life.
I have always wanted to be perfect, to be the best, and I strive not to need anyone else’s help. But sometimes, it is okay to turn to someone else for support or reassurance, or a helping hand. No person is an island. We all need help sometimes, we all need extra love sometimes, and we all need a support system. Some would argue that they don’t and you know what, if that works for them, then I am happy for them. But I need my tribe.
Yesterday, during a stressful time and moment with emotions bubbling to the top, I reached out to a friend whose kind words helped me greatly. Then she surprised me with the flowers in the photo above.
Asking for help isn’t weakness, it is opening yourself up to more love. I am so grateful for the supportive friends and family that I have that truly enrich my life and make me a better person.
Strive to open yourself up and allow more space for kindness, compassion, and love. I know that doing so has changed my life.