I’m tired of the word O.K.
We hand it about so often that it’s become a nothing word.
It has no meaning.
Often we use it because we think we should.
It’s up there with the sentence “I’m fine”.
It’s polite, it’s expected, it’s crap.
You know what , it’s actually ok not to be ok.
To feel upset, angry, hurt.
You don’t have to be ok.
“You look tired is everything alright “?
“I’m ok” No you are not you have been up all night with children and are surviving on caffeine, you are tired and exhausted. You are not ok.
I heard you have lost your job, you ok?
“I’m ok” no you are not you are worried about paying bills finding money for the kids new school uniform. You are feeling rejected and confused.
“I heard what that woman said to you, are you ok?”
“I’m ok” No You are raging she embarrassed you for no reason other than pure rudeness. You are angry and hurt.
Why do we say I’m ok when it’s obvious we aren’t and why do others take it knowing that we are not?
Is it politeness?
Is it a fear about getting involved?
Or a general don’t really care ?
Maybe all of the above, I don’t know but I want to banish I’m ok.
I’m challenging people today to be open and say “you know what today is hard I’m struggling”. Or even “I’m feeling fantastic today is a good day”.
I also want you to challenge others “I’m ok” when it’s obvious they are not. “Can I help” or simply “I’m here for you”. Could seriously make someone feel less alone.
Because “I’m ok” can destroy you, it can leave you feeling so isolated . It can make you question yourself and drive yourself crazy ” why aren’t I ok” ? “What did I do wrong? Why do I feel this way?
When the truth is our emotions are part of who we are. We feel, we laugh we cry. We know joy and we know sadness.
Our emotions are our humanity.
By pretending we are ok we don’t allow ourselves to validate our hearts.
Let’s leave the polite bullshit behind and be open and honest.
Let’s share how we really are feeling today.
Let’s be be vulnerable.
Let’s be transparent,
Let’s be true.
No, I’m not ok…