For when it’s hard

Sometimes pieces don’t need an image to advertise them because they come from a place of raw emotion, a place that’s undeniably real.


This isn’t the beginning nor is it the end. I know it’s hurting, it hurts so much you can barely breathe but one day you’ll get a breath of fresh air. You are so much stronger than this, I know you are because you’ve seen every disaster and picked yourself up.  Not everyone has the strength or courage to do that. Not everyone lives to see another day. And I know you don’t think you deserve to but you’re more than your pain, your sufferings and your hardships. Why are you ashamed of opening up? Is it because you’ll be judged or is it the fear you’ll be seen for who you really are? My darling, that was never the real you. Please believe that you’re so much more. Please believe in you.


 

Mental Health Activism

Copy of LETTER TO MY YOUNGER SELF....jpgFor several years I’ve wanted to be active in making a change for those affected by mental illnesses and now that I have a platform of my very own, perhaps it won’t be as difficult anymore.


In today’s society, mental health is often overlooked. The word itself is misinterpreted and the amount of stigma attached to it is alarming. We, as a society and as individuals need to educate and be educated on what are serious health issues prominent in people today. And yes, you read that correctly, health issues. No, it’s not something that is made up or all in the mind as the phrase goes; it’s happening right before our very eyes and we’re doing nothing to help prevent it.

Think about that for a second, let it sink in that an issue that can be eased for 450 million people globally is not happening because we’re afraid. Afraid because mental health is a grey area in society and it’s easier if we pretend it doesn’t exist, but pretending won’t solve our problems and neither will it make them go away, In fact, by doing so we are doing a huge disservice to millions that are suffering.

I’ve never written about a topic as of grave importance as this one but after research into mental health and conversations with my peers, I wonder why I didn’t mention it sooner. Perhaps it was because I too was afraid, mental health has always made people uncomfortable and I was no different. But learning that people of my age group can and are being affected changed me and that is why I’ve chosen to write about this. In the future, I hope to do more than just sit at a desk and write about this but for now, I’ll use my voice and make sure it is heard.


-Whenlifeawakens

 

 

 

CW Prompt #3: How do you view your life?

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Hello everyone and welcome to the third piece of creative writing where I describe my life as a novel and as a battle…


How do you view your life?

  • A Journey
  • A Battle
  • The Seasons
  • A Novel
  • A Race
  • A Performance
  • A Carousel
  • A Stroll in the park

I view my life in two main ways, as a novel and as a battle. My life is unique to me, there is no other life like the one I’ve been given and the one I’m living. Despite all its ups and downs it’s still pretty magical, like that of a novel.

Every word on every page is filled with vivid descriptions, descriptions that capture the essence of my life and by extension, my soul. Like any other novel, the adventures are plenty, each one giving lessons and memories that can be replayed for years to come.

My stories are relatable, pick up the book of my life and you’ll read chapter upon chapter and realise that I’m not perfect; going through life by making mistakes. And don’t forget, there are many twists and turns on this journey, and with every calamity you’ll see my strength multiply.

My life is also a constant battle, a battle against my mind and as if that wasn’t hard enough, against the world. Every day I rise above what my mind tells me, only to find myself crashing back onto the floor. It’s hard.

Yet, like any battle a struggle is inevitable before any type of victory. How else does one grow stronger? Battles create open wounds which turn into scars, and these scars, whether visible or not have had a huge impact on my life and also, on me. And like any soldier I’m proud to wear them, not to show I’m superior in any way but to show that I’m still alive.

Despite anything and everything, I see myself as a survivor of a long and a hard battle, a battle which sometimes cannot be overcome in one single fight. But one that continuously needs to be fought, giving strength with every victory and scars as a reminder that life is not easy, nor will it ever be. Just keep fighting, you’ll make it. 


-Whenlifeawakens 🙂

 

Letters to Myself #4

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Hello everyone, this is the fourth post in the series, Letters to Myself where I speak about both changing and accepting life.


Dear Me,

The life you’ve been given, the one you’re living right now is a gift, a blessing that you should cherish. This, I know goes without saying and I know you’re going to seem a little annoyed that I had to mention that, yet I don’t blame you one bit: Life is hard, truly and honestly, and it will suck at times. But these times aren’t permanent, and you know that you have the strength to overcome them.

Yet there is a slight flip side to this, by accepting your life wherever you are at this moment in time you are finally releasing yourself from the struggle. By accepting that life itself is imperfect you become liberated, you understand that ‘perfection in life’ is a myth, it simply does not exist. By understanding that there are things that are beyond your control, you look at failures and misfortunes as opportunities for a brighter, better beginning.

But don’t be idle in the face of change, accept that you have the power and the responsibility to do something about the things you are able to change. By choosing the latter not only are you changing your mindset but you’re giving yourself the chance to be exposed to new challenges, to new experiences that will inevitably enable you to grow.

Life acceptance and life changes are difficult to come to terms with, mainly because they aren’t easy, static issues that can be resolved quickly. They’re more of a lifelong challenge that will crop up, sometimes out of nowhere and you will have to resolve them. Just don’t be afraid, everyone else is going through the same thing too.

From, Me


-Whenlifeawakens 🙂

My Inspirations

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Hello everyone and welcome back to a new post, this one is really important to me because it encompasses part of my mentality and the way I perceive the feeling of inspiration.


To be inspired is probably one of my favourite feelings to have, it’s like a sudden wave of mental stimulation that somehow gives you the ability to do whatever you wish to. In that sense, it can almost be seen as miraculous. Inspiration itself is literally everywhere and can take so many different forms, from written words buried deep within the pages of a book to a single conversation with another human being.

However, inspiration for me is slightly different. It doesn’t come from an old friend speaking words of wisdom or family giving me the encouragement to live life to the fullest, to make my own decisions and work to the best of my ability. But rather it comes from people who do the opposite. The people who drag you down, who want to see you suffer, those who will do anything to ensure you never feel good enough.

These people are my inspiration, not because I want to be like them but because they remind me of what I shouldn’t be. They teach me how not to treat other people. They teach me that not everyone I meet will be my friend, not everyone will support me or my decisions. They teach me that life isn’t all sunshine and rainbows, that I need bad days, bad influences so I appreciate the good and to strive towards it.

These people give me the drive and motivation because no matter what I will never not feel good enough, I refuse to. I refuse to be dragged down into the depths of insecurity just because someone else cannot see me for who I really am. Instead, I use these people as sources of motivation, a driving force to achieve my ambitions so I can prove them wrong because despite what they think, I am good enough and I always will be. 


-Whenlifeawakens 🙂

CW Prompt #2: Teach me somthing worth knowing

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“I’ve been making a list of things they don’t teach you at school. They don’t teach you how to love somebody. They don’t teach you how to be famous. They don’t teach you how to be rich or how to be poor. They don’t teach you how to walk away from someone you don’t love any longer. They don’t teach you how to know what’s going on in someone else’s mind. They don’t teach you what to say to someone who’s dying. They don’t teach you anything worth knowing.” –  Neil Gaiman

Teach me something that’s actually worth knowing. 


Self love is worth knowing. We live in a rigid and tidy minded society which only accepts conformity. We live in a society that showcases the most unachievable versions, both physically and mentally of males and females. Versions that are constantly shoved down our throats and drowning in our eyes, it’s inescapable. Despite how harmful this is to our self-confidence, self-esteem and overall mentality, changes are few and far between. Not enough is being done to the outside world to change society’s perceptions, why showcase ‘perfection’ when perfection itself is non-existent? 

However, changing the perceptions of the outside world is not enough and perhaps not possible if changes don’t first occur within ourselves. But how do you love yourself if the world tries to turn yourself against you? You stop listening. You stop tuning into negativity, into hatred, into pain and you look towards the positive. This isn’t always the easiest thing to do, but even if you’re buried in the deepest grey cloud, there is always something, however small, there is always something positive. 

The smallest step in the right direction can spark the biggest changes, it can lead to a positive mentality, a better self perception. Accepting yourself for who and what you are, despite it being the one of the hardest things to do, means no one, no matter how hard  they may try, will never put you down. Including yourself. 

My belief is that self-love is something that is truly worth knowing, something that has the capacity to change who you are and how you see the world, completely. 


-Whenlifeawakens 🙂 

New Year, New Me?? #2

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Hello everyone and welcome back to a new post, the second part  about New Years Resolutions and how you can go about achieving the goals you’ve set…


In the last post (linked here), I spoke about how if we set our minds to it, we can accomplish whatever we wish to. However, this is only partly true for the reason that to achieve said goals, we need realistic steps to get there.

The most common mistake people make that leads to both not wanting to achieve their goals or feeling discouraged, is setting unrealistic goals. By doing so, you ensure that you set yourself up for disappointment which can give you the mindset to not want to create more goals in the future. Even though this is a common problem amongst the general public, there are ways to break out of this habit.

Firstly, always break down your goals into manageable sub-goals, having one huge goal such as ‘To exercise’ means nothing without having an appropriate means to get there. By breaking this down into monthly, weekly and daily goals you create a more realistic mindset for yourself, helping you to achieve them. But don’t lose the bigger picture by just focusing on the smaller goals, constantly remind yourself of where you want to be.

Secondly, try and try again because the outcome makes the journey more worthwhile, even if you’ve failed three days into the New Year, there is no reason for you to stop trying. Before you know it, it’ll be the end of the year and the amount of progress you’ll have made will bring its own reward. Reflecting on your success will be the gateway and will give you the motivation to continue as well as the inspiration for others around you.

Lastly, no matter the obstacles you have to go through, don’t get discouraged and give up, giving up is like failing without even trying, there isn’t a point. By pushing yourself to achieve something you learn things about yourself you wouldn’t have known otherwise, you build yourself up getting stronger and stronger with every difficulty faced. And, you gain a key habit, discipline, which will carry you into further success if used to reach more goals.

“Setting goals is the first step into turning the invisible into the visible”Tony Robbins


-Whenlifeawakens 🙂