If there’s one thing I love about blogging it’s that it seems to be a catalyst for others to open up and share their stories — tales of happiness, hope, and hardship.
Sometimes we feel like we’re alone on our journey throughout life. We ask ourselves, “Is there anyone else out there who has gone through this?” or “Am I the only one who has felt this way before?” It can be a pretty lonely feeling. But the more I open up, the more others around me seem to be opening up and I’ve realized a lot of us have gone through similar experiences. Or, at least, felt similar feelings. And these feelings that make us feel isolated, well, they shouldn’t. They should be an excuse to become closer with one another. To show empathy and kindness to one another. To lend a helping hand and a loving heart to one another. To build a community of support as we run through life trying to find ourselves.
Sometimes, we let people come into our lives who make us feel like we’re alone. Like we’re less than. Who spread a sort of toxicity that wreaks havoc on our peace and happiness. And, that’s OK. It’s OK, because maybe they’re meant to come into our lives for a reason. Maybe, they’re meant to show us a side of ourselves we would’ve never seen before. Maybe, through the negativity we find our… you guessed it… our strength.
The best thing we can do is remember we’re not alone. Everyone has felt broken by another person at one point or another. Or, maybe we’ve even felt broken by our own self by allowing negative thoughts to consume our well-being.
An even better thing we can do? Show kindness to everyone and to ourselves. We’re all walking (or, in some cases, running) a tough path — a path of uncertainty and self-doubt. To show kindness in all that we do helps us rise above from the hardship.
And, it’s OK to feel broken, but remember, you’re not alone.