Shine Bright & Be Your Own Knight
Sometimes, no one is going to be there to help you up when you’re down. I know what you’re thinking, gees Jen where did that come from? Brutal much? The reason I say this, the reason I write this, is: * How often do you go through something painful or hurtful and don’t tell anyone? * How often do you put a smile on your face to get through your day even though you’re hurting on the inside? * How often when someone asks you if you’re ok, you lie and tell them you’re fine? When deep down you are in pain? You’re never burdening anyone by telling them you’re going through something. At times, we are so concerned about our pride and how we don’t want anyone to view us as weak, that we keep the pain to ourselves. Sometimes we think that people won’t care. But then there is the other flip of the coin. Sometimes, even if we wanted to open up to someone, we don’t have that person. Sometimes it’s not a matter of not wanting to ask for help, but not feeling like we have that person to ask. Whether you don’t share because you can’t or aren’t ready to, or don’t feel like you have anyone to understand what you’re experiencing, when this happens we need to show up for us. Show up for ourselves. Too many of us fight our battles silently. I don’t advise it, but we’ve all done it. When we choose this option, ultimately we are making the conscious decision that we can do this, that we can handle this ourselves. If you fall into this above category, I’m proud of you. I’m proud of you that you’ve decided to keep fighting. You’re not giving up, you still get up each day and are powering on. Your powering on some days might look like an off day, you know that kind of day, where you lay around and eat junk and do nothing but go on social media & watch TV. And that’s ok, you’re being gentle with yourself and that’s important. Just try not to move in there. We’re allowed to give ourselves off days, just don’t move in and unpack the suitcase. It’s only a short visit. So, if you don’t want to share your experience and want to get through this on your own, know that that’s ok. It’s ok not to be ok. But, what if you decided to stand up and be brave? Sometimes being brave is calling Lifeline or Beyond Blue. It takes a brave person to admit they need help. Sometimes we have to be the damsel in distress & the knight in shining armour all in one person. You can still shine bright & be your own knight. Show up for you, do it for you. Put yourself first. Be brave. You deserve it. Do for yourself what you do for so many others. Make yourself the priority for a change. Put you first. But please, don’t stop moving. Don’t stop growing. Make sure you don’t forget to be gentle with yourself. You don’t have to change immediately, most of the worlds priceless artworks weren’t constructed overnight. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Be brave. Be your own hero. Be your own knight.