I think it goes without saying that sometimes life is hard. But, like I've said before, hard things help us to learn and grow. I tell my children this all the time, but sometimes it's easier to dish out the advice rather than take it.
It's been over 2 1/2 years since I took a leave from my job and in a short time, I'll be trying my best to resume life as a paid working girl. I'm scared out of my britches about it. I feel out of the loop and out of touch and my mind is a whirlwind of emotions, including fear, anxiety, and a small dose of excitement. As I transition back to the working world, I continue to question my decision to do so. How will I manage? Will I be able to do this? or Will I fall completely on my face? The thing is...I can not anticipate the outcome, no one can. I can make conclusions based on past experiences, but even then, I don't truly know how things will ever work out. All I can do is put one foot in front of the other and give it my best; that's all anyone can do.
Over two years ago, I wrote this post. It still holds true today. To be able to get through the ups and downs of life and have people embracing those moments with me or picking me up when I fumble, is a gift I am very grateful to have.
Imagine having those ups and downs, being surrounded by loving people and still feeling alone. This is often the reality of being clinical depressed. The death of Robin Williams has brought the sad truth of depression to the forefront once again. One can only hope that the tragic way in which he died will bring light to the fact that mental illness needs to be addressed. Sometimes we get caught up in life and become complacent with all that goes on around us. Unfortunately it often takes a tragic event to help wake us up and fine tune our priorities.
We need to check back in, educate ourselves and help when we can.
Today you were blessed with another day to go forth and do good in the world. It's an opportunity you should grab onto...with both hands!