Wellness Tool #21: People Watching
For my entire life I always thought I was the only one suffering. I have learned in recovery that everyone has suffered or will suffer through something difficult in their lives. I now feel a sense of connection with everyone around me because we are all in this together and we are not expected to do it alone. I use people watching as a wellness tool because it reminds me that I am not alone in my daily struggle. It also reminds me of my biggest need which is to be connected to other people. Which reminds me that to be connected I have to come out of my comfort zone.
Stephan is a Peer Support Specialist at the Outpatient Clinic in Wilmington, North Carolina. Stephan says, “My six years of recovery and four plus years as an RI employee has helped med to realize my meaning and purpose in life – trying to help other people.”