Hi friends, how are you doing? Please forgive my curiosity but I wanted to know a few things? Are you alright? Is everything okay? Are you currently worried about something? Would you like to talk about it? No really, are you sure? I don’t know about you but I’ve heard these words before and for some reason the answers are almost always the same. It’s always ‘I’m fine’ when your really not. ‘I’m doing okay,’ when everything is far from okay or ‘no I wouldn’t like to talk about it,’ when in reality you know just how good it would feel to let everything out and have someone to talk to. Someone who wouldn’t judge you for not wanting to be around other people because of negativity and stress. Someone who wouldn’t think your weak-minded because the stress at work is getting far too hard for you to handle. Someone who wouldn’t think your crazy or insecure because you told them about hurtful things happening in your relationship. You know. Just someone there to listen who is kind and non-judgmental.
The past five years have been the most valuable years of my life because I have learned so much about being a young woman and adult. My transition began when I was 20 years old and now I’m 25 and I think I’m starting to finally get it. I’m starting to understand that each year I always have something going on that extremely worries me and each year that thing goes away. I am not sad, crying or upset about any of the things that led me to worry in the past because those things/experiences were perfectly resolved and now they are non-existent. It actually makes me feel a little bit silly because nowadays I usually catch myself thinking, “wow, if only I had known that this situation would turn around for the better, I wouldn’t have spent so much time worrying about it.” It’s okay to feel like your situation will never get any better but don’t dwell on those feelings for too long because I promise you tough times don’t last. This time next year could be completely different in a good way (and it probably will be). So just remember that whatever your currently going through will be all over and this moment will serve as nothing more than a distant memory that you can’t even relate to anymore.
I will be honest and say that the last few days have been pretty worrisome for me but I said to myself “no!” No to staying in bed and wallowing in self-pity because of over thinking. No to shutting down all my favorite activities because of how emotional I’m feeling. No to ignoring those I love the most because I don’t feel like talking. And no to neglecting my dreams because I don’t know how they will come true. Sometimes that’s all it takes to pick yourself up from a troubling mood, just say to it “NO!” Not today. Refuse to give in to sadness and merrily go on about your day. The fact that you keep going is already an indicator that you are so strong at heart (and for that I am so proud of you). As always I would like to end this post with a question, if you have any advice you can share with the community about how you deal with worry and stress please feel free to share with us in the comments so that we can learn from each other. Remember, your thoughts are always welcome here! Thank you so much for reading and see you in my next post.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
– Philippians 4:6-7 NIV