I swear my body and mind are in conspiracy to drive me crazy. My body aches and I’m so tired I can barely keep my eyes open. I finally fall into bed and ping, my mind starts its endless racing. Have we done this? Did you remember to do that? What about this? What about that? What happened, what if this happened oh my goodness please stop.
I read a post the other day, a friend not a close friend we haven’t met but someone who matters to my heart reached the darkeness and her world was so dark we nearly lost her to it and my heart broke. Yes the joy of the nearly was full of gratefulness but the sadness that the facade of social media had not let us see their pain.
But it’s hard isn’t it, to raise your hand and say I’m struggling.
I call it my advance and retreat. I try to be honest, to be brave, to be raw then in the morning light my weakeness fuels my shame.
I should be coping
I’m so blesssed
Others have it worse
Others have enough on their plates
Don’t put on others
Stop being dramatic,
This last statement is my core enemy.
My childhood was full of being told I’m to dramatic, to emotional, too much.
Even now the narrative is different yet still hauntingly the same, you care to much, what if doesn’t happen, let it go.
Still shame based observations of my heart.
You see we are all unique and whilst the stiff upper lip is so celebrated it is also the weight that holds so many people down.
We should be taught from an early age to be open and honest. Tender hearts should be celebrated, anxiety understood, overthinkers heard.
Our children should learn from day one that the way they feel is perfectly ok. If it doesn’t make sense to others that’s also fine, that the world would be a boring place if we all thought and felt the same.
But we aren’t are we, our children are taught by rote, uniformed to be, to do, to fit.
To be seen and not heard once held by parental control now often controlled by technology.
Yet we should know better, with the ever increasing levels of mental health issues we should be better.
“I’m fine”’should be banished from everyone’s vocabulary. “Are you ok” should be asked with truthful concern. We should listen deeply and we should take time to care.
Yes the world is a busy place, yet the viewing numbers of the last reality programme proves we have time. Yet it’s easier for us to invest in the loves and lives of those we don’t know because no effort is needed. So yes we have the time or can make time to check in on those that we know and should care better for.
So why don’t we ?
I know I need to do better, I need to reach out more, when a friend goes quiet just check in. But I also need to be honest to create a place when it’s safe to speak our truth.
To not hide behind the illusion that’s I’m ok when I’m not. Someone once told me that they couldn’t speak to me about a problem, they felt that my life as hard at it seems meant that they didn’t wish to put upon me. But also they felt ashamed because I was doing well in my journey how could they complain? This broke my heart, I am far from ok, sometimes I lie in bed and beg my mind to leave me alone. To just for a moment stop thinking, stop torturing me with agony of what ifs or what should be. I’m not ok and maybe if I’m more honest in my struggles and vulnerabilities it will allow the others the space to be transparent with theirs.
Hey, we can not be ok together.
I do not believe we were supposed to live this life alone, but alone it will be if we don’t let those we love know our hearts.
So here’s to being truthful, to banish “I’m fine” and to reach out.
Let’s be better
Let’s do better
Let’s love better.