Something about a new year makes people want to have a new beginning. Beginning of weight loss goals, money making goals, mindfulness goals and so many more. One of my new beginnings is what you are reading right now.
We are all wired with the instinct to survive, physically and emotionally. When we feel physical pain our bodies naturally flinch or draw away from the pain. When we feel emotional or mental pain, we go into fight, flight or freeze mode to protect ourselves. All are ways we instinctively guard ourselves in order to survive.
As an attempt survivor, there were days that the goal was simply to survive the day. Over time, a desire to thrive and wanting to do something more became bigger than the desire to just survive. Having the desire for more doesn’t always mean you know how to get there. That’s where I was stuck. I wanted more. I wanted to grow. I just didn’t know how.
I had to learn that I needed both my own instincts and help from others to take the next step, whatever that step was. I also had to learn that one of the best ways to help myself and others is to be safely vulnerable. That brought me here, staring at the screen trying to find just the perfect words to start this journey.
You know what? There are no perfect words. What I can tell you is that I plan to write about things I’ve learned, practical things to help in dark places, and who knows what else. I do know I want it to be a place where you can share as well.
I hope you’ll join me next time.