As the old saying goes, you either make lemonade or something else relatively inspiring. I want to warn you all that this post will be a bit of a whirlwind between all the emotions. But it won’t all be sad. I’ve had enough of being sad.
To explain why I’ve given my post this title, I want you to understand that this year – or at the last half of it – has not been kind to me. It hasn’t been kind to many people I know. I’d rather not go into detail, but recent events have been incredibly difficult to come to terms with. One event I have extensively spoken about on my blog as part of my healing process is heartbreak. There have been others that are even more tragic and sad that I can’t begin to put into words. Sometimes, things are unexplainable.
This year I’ve loved, laughed, cried and been at my lowest. A place I never thought I’d go back to. Life has this funny way of challenging you until you can no longer be challenged because it just feels like ‘the norm’. You start to lose sight of the good in your life and everything is clouded in the ugliest, saddest of emotions. The mind is a powerful thing, it can make or break you in the shortest of time.
But I refuse to lose sight of all the good that has happened this year. The new friends I’ve made; the endless, unexpected (at times) love I’ve received; the incredible and life-altering adventures… All of it has been worth it. All the pain, the suffering and self-loathing has been worth it for the beautiful moments of humanity I have seen and personally received.
My heart truly hurts for those who have lost those they love this year. It hurts for people who feel so alone and betrayed by the world that they feel no other option but to take their own life. We can never fully understand what another person is going through. There are times we wish we could understand but we have to forgive ourselves for not being able to. In times of deep sorrow and pain, we have to come together and be there for one another.
I recently saw an interview Arianna Grande done where she broke down into tears. The most poignant moment of that video was when she said, “People have got to be nicer”. She was right. In a world fuelled by hatred and sadness, being kind to one another is the only way to salvage what’s left of humanity.
Be there for each other at all times. You never know when that time could be gone. You never know when you might say your last hello or goodbye. So, please, don’t ever give up on yourself or others around you. Be that helping hand. Be the kindness you wish to receive. Don’t let the bad times beat you down. You are more than your hardest moment, and you are more than the pain you feel. Most of all, you are never alone.
I’d like to open my inboxes on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to anyone who needs someone to talk to. I may be a stranger, or someone you’ve known for years but I’m here for everyone. I truly mean that. I never want another person to feel like they have no one to turn to. So, I will be that person for as many people as I can be.
There are better times yet to come.