We talked a while today about not only our blindness but life how even when we have all the tools for success and happiness we sometimes have days when that all seems so distant and difficult to reach. It's easy to pretend that everything is right where it should be, to use the fake it til' you make it method (which I'm actually a big fan of, because it works). And while we should always do our best to be positive, optimistic and happy, we also have the right (and it's also very normal) to feel down from time to time.
On a very personal level, since moving to Utah I've been struggling. I'm back in Utah but still hours away from family/ I'm living in a city that is completely new to me. Trying to make friends, trying to network, trying to maintain my independence has been a huge challenge for me. Like anyone moving to a new place, these challenges exist. However, for myself, I sometimes feel I'm exempt from the "it's ok to feel this way" club.
Life for me the last few months has been challenging. I don't have a job, very few friends, am getting lost a lot and have a husband who's gone 75 percent of the time. Yeah, it's tough and I get very discouraged and even depressed many days but I always am trying to stop, re-assess my life and restructure it so I can move forward from where I am right now and it’s hard, really, really hard.
I know many of my friends are going through enormous transitions right now as well, and perhaps I write this more for myself than anyone else but for others too.
My counselor asked me recently why the advice I give to my friends is good advice for them, but not for me? It's a great question really, why the double standard? Why are we so quick to cut others slack and be understanding but not do the same for ourselves? I wanted to share a letter I wrote to myself, a letter I would easily send to a friend going through lots of changes in life but one was difficult to write to myself:
You just moved to a new town, you know very few people here, you went from a job and working with people you adore to being alone a lot of the time. You had a place in Louisiana, you had a purpose and now you are stretching to find that same thing here. Don't be so tough on yourself. Give things time to settle into their rightful place. Don't rush and settle into something you aren't even happy doing. Listen to other people when they tell you, you will fit in, in time. Be patient while waiting for your prayers to be answered. You have a purpose and you can't rush that. Be still and listen for guidance and take this time to make yourself better. Remember to think about all you have more often and less about what's missing. Reach out to people and let them be there for you for once. Don't be so critical of yourself, it will all work out!
A little exercise for myself that seemed to help me a lot. I hope those of you that may be struggling can do the same.
*Picture: Have patience with all things. But especially with yourself.
*Remember, you are a thing too! :)