I have a theory. I think the thing that makes us thumb through our pantry, stand staring into our fridge and scroll through social media are all coming from that deep well of emptiness and an overriding need to fill it.
Just because we’ve been working on our stuff for years doesn’t mean there won’t be times when it’ll trigger that pain. Maybe it’s something on the news or a conflict with a friend. But there we are again empty and numb as ever wanting to temporarily fix that pain.
I’m telling you this because this is my last post and if there’s anything I want to leave you with it’s this. Self-growth is a lifelong process. Falling down doesn’t mean you can’t get back up again. Losing your temper. Being full of rage. Eating a little too much. Spending too long on Instagram. Shopping more than you can afford. These are stumbling blocks. These are not signs that you are a failure or that your recovery didn’t mean anything.
It’s just what it is-normal.
The mountain just gets higher the more we climb. Those of us who read blogs like Psych Central may feel the pain and struggle more than others because we care so much about our emotional wellness. We don’t want to just live a superficial life. We want to heal and healing takes lots of winding turns and falls. So if you’re reading this, know this truth. You are brave. You are courageous because you’ve already survived what you’re most afraid of. And because of that you can get back up again.
I started here almost ten years ago. In that time, I’ve grown, took steps back, sidestepped and moved forward ever so slightly. Reading these posts have been like guideposts, validating my own personal path and reminding me that I’m not alone.
I don’t know your specific stories, but I like to think you’ve been here with me. First as a newbie grad student and freelance writer, and now with all the knowledge and experience that these posts bring. Signing off dear readers. Much love, peace and healing.
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(Reaching Life Goals) – If you’re struggling right now, this post will give you the tools to transform your thinking and consequently change your life.
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