By: Dani Kessel
I’ll be completely transparent for a moment. The complete mess that is called 2020 has created a pendulum in my head swinging back and forth between anxiety and dissociation. I’ve been going through the motions, only doing what is necessary to survive.
Many folks are doing this. Some of you readers are likely feeling similar, mentally coping with the same things.
And, honestly, that is completely okay in my opinion. There are dozens of reasons to be in this headspace. This year’s contained a global pandemic, economic recession, wildfires, cyclones/hurricanes, necessary social protests, plane crashes, murder hornets, floods, and a ridiculously large myriad of other stressors! It’s okay, given all that we’ve been through, if you can’t answer the question “What’s next for you?”. You don’t have to know your future path right now, especially if your plans were derailed by this chaotic year. You don’t have to be pursuing something bigger and better.
I am giving you permission right now to cry, scream, take deep breaths, punch a pillow, go to therapy, eat a snack. I am giving you permission to exist in this moment without pressure. I am giving you permission to survive.
Thriving isn’t necessary for now; worry about that at a later date. As we close out this rough year, I think we need to reassess our values and our measure of success.
Have you eaten today?
Have you drunk water?
Did you get out of bed?
Did you change your clothes?
That is success, and it should be recognized as such.
I am proud of you for being alive and continuing to be resilient in this tumultuous year. It may not feel like it, but you are so strong. There is strength in being able to survive and continue moving forward during adversity. There is strength in waking up every morning. The things we view as mundane take endurance and mental fortitude, whether you are cognizant of it or not. You are a warrior.
I truly believe that.
I hope you smile today knowing that you’ve made it this far. Frankly, I think 2020 has been exhausting for just about everyone. But, you’re here. You’re alive. Your heart is beating. You are breathing. And you have the ability to keep moving forward on this road called life.
Thanks for taking the time to read this. If this article gave you hope or any relief, give it a like and send it on to a friend. We all could use some encouragement right about now.