I do not know what you are going through right now. Quite frankly, no one does except you.
I know this because no matter how much of yourself you actually share, only you can truly feel some things, if you get my drift.
If I had never been rushed to hospital in the middle of the night, in an ambulance, I would not know what it feels like to stare death in the face.
If I had not been raised by parents who opened their doors to everyone, giving would probably be a chore.
Had I not dreamt a dream bigger than me, I may never have had the opportunity to witness the beautiful souls of human beings Vs the extremely callous.
See, a big part of who we become is a result of our experiences. It is simply sad that for many of us, our sad past means ‘punishing’ the world when we ‘make it.’ Moreover, we often reward good with evil.
Like many years before it, I started 2015 with great hopes of a better everything. It started out rougher than I anticipated which made me rethink all my mantras.
When I wasn’t lost in my own little world, I was out there pretending everything was okay. Sometimes, I did both-half day locked up, the other half smiling with the world.
Do you ever have those days when you tell your loved ones just enough for then to feel like you have let them in while still holding on to the details that matter? Do you find yourself more worried about worrying them than about that which keeps you awake at night? Well, it all occurred and then some.
Time did not wait. Life continued.
A couple of days ago, on a dimly lit road, something happened. Right in the middle of nowhere as my ‘chauffeur’ glued her eyes to the front and I sang along to Jennifer Lopez’s waiting for tonight. I felt an inexplicable joy in my heart. Everything was still for a split second and I thought to myself, “I am alright. I am okay.” It was at this point that I started reflecting on the past few months and realising how far we had come. Yes, we. My soul and I.
I thought to myself, perhaps sharing this tale with someone will give them renewed hope, so here I am.
Truth is, not very much has changed but it is also not very easy to achieve complete nirvana.
Something will always come up whether it is trivial like why the sales girl is always dressed better than you yet she earns a quarter of your salary or serious like sitting through your mum’s chemotherapy session wondering how much longer she will be with you.
I have categorised the things that trouble me as follows;
-Things I cannot change
-Things I can try to change, keeping in mind other people are involved (hence it isn’t 100% up to me)
-Things I can change
In this regard, I actively play my part and acknowledge that things may or may not work.
I know it is difficult to keep hope alive when everything around you is telling you the exact opposite, do it anyway. While at it, allow yourself to fall, breakdown, yell,cry, and roll in the mud. That dramatic stuff can scare your troubles away :P. I kid. Bottom line, after all that, stiffen that upper lip and show life what you are made of. Musical interlude: *I am tiiiiitttttaaaaannnnniiiiuuuummmm! *
So, what I really wanted to say is; Listen.
Whether you are in an unhappy relationship or unemployed, lacking in motivation or balance; sick physically and/or emotionally. Listen.
The voice of reason will find you if you let it.
That whisper saying “Stop the self-pity and take a few risks” shall be heard. Heck, it may even come to you on the dance floor!
Allow yourself to listen. Allow yourself to breathe.