Hi, friends! I haven’t posted in a really long time, despite my original goal of posting every week. I honestly knew this would happen 😂 However, I thought I would write a post and talk about some things that are always on my mind but were especially on my mind this particular week.
World Mental Health Day just passed this Wednesday, October 10, and the theme from all the social media posts I saw was, “It’s okay to not be okay.”
And guess what? It’s true.
I have had people tell me that they like me much more when I’m giggly and confident and happy. They like this version of me much more than “sad” and “boring” Elena.
Who wouldn’t, right?
The reality is, I’m not giggly, confident, and happy all the time. I’m not fun all the time. Sometimes, I catch myself hiding how I actually feel so that I’m not a burden to people and I can serve others.
Those sad feelings are a part of me. The anxious feelings are a part of me. The really, really angry feelings are a part of me too. I should not have to hide any of those things and neither should you.
Maybe those parts of me aren’t the “prettiest,” but they are not bad parts of me. It is not bad to have feelings. Feelings are just that — feelings.
Perhaps you are like me and learning to accept your feelings as they are, not labeling them as bad or good, just letting yourself feel what you need to feel. Show what you need to show.
We can own today by accepting our feelings, learning how to cope with the hard things in life, and pointing out our strengths in our happier moments. Let’s let go of the labels and let in the acceptance. We can own today by owning ourselves, our whole selves.