A dear friend shared this quote yesterday and it struck a chord with me; it made me realize that no matter what the challenges life throws our way, it’s not about the struggles- it’s about how we face them.
Today I don’t have to face my problems alone.
Having a positive attitude and living life on life’s terms has been a huge part of my life this past year. The world has been going a little crazy; from political stress to tackling jobs, relationships and mental health, I’ve realized that I don’t have to go through life alone.
Boston has provided a huge sense of community for me. The right people have come into my life at the right times, whether I realized I needed those people or not. Moving to Massachusetts has been a huge eye-opening experience; I moved here without a circle of friends, but feel more connected than I ever have before.
I chose to move to a new city that I had never lived in before in order to develop new habits and to focus on my health, growth and recovery. I didn’t want to fall into old patterns or visit my old haunts that brought me pain. Although I got distracted with work and settling in for the first three months, I was blessed to find an amazingly supportive housemate and a great group of coworkers. April was a huge turning point for me; I began to make myself known within a community in Cambridge, and I have strengthened those relationships over the past four months.
It’s always been a challenge for me to accept love and kindness from people. In the past, I’ve been let down or tricked by people who I thought had my best interest at heart. Boston hasn’t been that way whatsoever. Thanks to my program and a wonderful group of women who also hold mindfulness and recovery near to their heart, I realized that I don’t have to figure out solutions by myself.
“Fall down seven times, stand up eight.”
My friends have reminded me to stay in the moment and to reach out when I am feeling stir crazy. When I am hard on myself, they remind me to take it easy. When I settle for less, they remind me of my own worth. I feel beyond blessed.
To my friends near and far: thank you. Today, I’ll brush myself off, tighten that pony and face my day… with a smile.