I have noticed how hard it can be to stay strong during times like these. Many of you reading this might even feel like they are going “crazy” just sitting around doing nothing. You might even feel your motivation slipping from you.
Maybe you are even depressed and anxious.
In these moments have you stopped and thought about those who are in crippling pain every day of their lives? What about those that have depression for years?
These same people are the ones you might have said to try meditation or yoga? You may have innocently asked if they had tried this, this, or that.
Those same people are still going through their day to day struggles while trying to remain positive while also trying to help you in anyway they can.
I am not speaking for anyone, but myself. Those same people who have given me their opinion on what I should do are now the ones struggling. I am now the one who is there to listen and try to help, but I will not be the one to tell them what they should do like they normally would to me.
I am not writing this post to seem negative or to make others feel bad. In fact I am writing it to open everyone’s eyes. Maybe now you will look at those who can’t work, who spend days in bed because they can’t move, or those who are in such a bad place they can’t function and realize they aren’t lying. They aren’t making this up in their heads and most of all they don’t want this anymore than you don’t want to feel this way because of COVID-19.
We are all human beings with struggles, with triumphs, with pain and with love. Some people were given harder circumstances than others. Maybe this quarantine is supposed to put us all on an equal playing field and show us the positive and negative sides of everything.
I decided to take my story with invisible illness and turn it into something that can help others. Aside from my blog and podcast I recently started my mini-series on youtube called Staying Forever Strong. In this series I interview others asking how they stay positive. I recently spoke to Britt from Bachelor season 15 and Zach Rance from Big Brother 16 among many other amazing people.
Besides spreading just positivity I recently launched my Forever Strong Merchandise where 20% of each item sold will go to help COVID 19. There are so many things we can do to help each other.
This just one of the few designs available
At the end of all of this I believe that we are ALL special and equally important. If we can remember that the next time we hear someone has depression, or they can’t work due to severe pain we might just be in a better place.
I am thinking of all of you and if you ever need someone to talk to I am here whether it be through email, phone or video chat.
Remember to Stay Forever Strong.