We’re in this together

“Have fun, even if it’s not the same kind of fun everyone else is having.” — C.S. Lewis

Another thing that I think is worth mentioning, especially as of late, is that sometimes people lash out at us and we feel like we must have done something wrong. Especially when we are already struggling ourselves. I would often beat myself up about it. “You do all this inner work, but you’re still a bad person”, that sort of stuff. It’s been an important lesson to realise that, in actual fact, that person probably just has a lot going on and you just happened to get in the way. I’m learning to navigate what is actually mine to sit with, and what I just got in the way of.

“I know it is wet and the sun is not sunny, but we can have lots of good fun that is funny.” — Dr. Seuss

I know the frustration in having a daily practice, having done so much work, and hitting a point where you are feeling like back at square one again. I think if we look at things rationally, we can see how far we have come. Even to be able to observe the intricacies of our own mind is a huge step in the right direction. A useful reframe is to look five years in the past, where were you? where are you now?, and where would you like to be in 5 years time? Have you moved closer in those last 5 years to your future goal? You most likely have, be proud of that.
Right now I’m feeling infinitely better and I know that I owe it to reaching out to friends and showing unfiltered vulnerability, forcing myself into the ocean even (especially) when I don’t want to go, and acting like a goofball.

“Life is a great big canvas; throw all the paint you can on it.” — Danny Kaye

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