As many of you know, I’ve used writing as a way to express the many complex thoughts that run through my mind on a daily basis on social media. I’ve been asked a few times now to start a blog about my personal journey to inner peace and happiness, and after speaking with my therapist (gasp), she agreed that this can be very therapeutic for me and for any of you experiencing similar things. This blog isn’t just for me—it’s for you as well.
I can’t promise to write every week. Hell, I can’t even promise to write frequently. But I can promise to be vulnerable, and open, and honest with all of you about the ups and downs that this journey entails. It’s not an easy one, choosing to look within and face your demons head on. In fact, it’s one of the scariest things you can ever do. But the product of this is so rewarding. If you’re walking this and making the decision to change your life, then I applaud you. I am rooting for you.
The biggest thing to remember is that this change takes time. You won’t be perfect at it at first; you’ll have to make a conscious effort to practice this new mindset every day, and you will fail. You will have days where your ego wins. You will have days where you feel defeated, and like you haven’t made any progress. But isn’t acknowledging these failures progress in itself? And doesn’t that mean that they aren’t failures at all? You are human. You aren’t perfect, and you never will be. The beauty of this is accepting that that is okay. It is okay to be human. But more importantly, it is okay to love yourself regardless of these things. Happiness comes from within you, and it comes from learning to love yourself more than you hate your mistakes. When you can truly look within, and be proud of yourself regardless of what anyone else is seeing in you, then you know you’re on the right path. This is where your journey begins.
You are awesome and loved. You are a warrior. You may not win all of your battles, but you will win this war.
“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” –Ghandi