“Healing takes time, and asking for help is a courageous step.” –Mariska Hargitay
When hurt, fear, depression, anxiety, stress, negativity, challenges, or feelings of being overwhelmed come it feels like we are alone in a pit of darkness and no one can understand. Maybe you can see everyone else is living life around you but you feel trapped away from everything and everyone. Like a shell of a person robotically going through the motions. The light at the end of the tunnel is so faint it seems millions of miles away. The key is to remember that the light is still there. Maybe it’s not right around the corner but healing and hope are always on the way. Time can be hard to face in these times because we try to “be strong” and “not burden” anyone with what we are truly facing. The kicker is that asking for help is the strongest and most courageous thing we can do.
We weren’t created to do life alone and reaching out for help is the key to thriving in our world today. When we reach out we enable not only ourselves to find that help but we show others the freedom to do the same. Taking that step and admitting that things aren’t great to someone opens the doors for our healing and can create a ripple effect to influence those who witness our bold, brave steps. Time continues on and healing comes but living in the courage of reaching out for help can speed that process. Life is about bold, courageous steps that are taken alongside others we know and trust.
Live your courage.
Sarah Deats is a Behavioral Health Technician at RI International and the Hope Inc. Stories Inspiration Engineer.