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What I have learned from my darkest moments in life is this: it’s never once been so dark that I wasn’t able to see at least some light. Maybe it was a small thing a friend did to make me laugh or a coffee with a loved one. Perhaps, it’s the beautiful view of the valley where I live or the big beautiful bay of Fundy only moments away. Whatever the source, It can still be tough, but over time, I have learned to see the smallest amount of light and hold on to it.
Similarly, while I believe that the saying “It’s okay not to be okay” is a good benchmark, I want more. I am perpetually concerned that I will slip into the abyss forever if I don’t move past simply being “okay.”
Let’s face it, life is hard, not just for you or me, but for every single human being. Equally true is the sad reality that some make it through, while others succumb to the pain.
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There are, of course, myriad reasons why some people manage while others can’t find relief from their mental pain. Remember, pain is pain and it’s real. Thus, we need to take everyone seriously and with compassion.
In my darkest moments, the pain is so intense and has plagued me for so long that leaving the earthly plane starts to seem like the only viable pain reliever. Ultimately though, it’s the little slivers of light that permeate through the dark that lift me up and save me.
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Over the years, I have come to understand that I am not the only person invested in my well-being. My loved ones have also emotionally invested in my survival.
What does this mean? Well, quite simply, I’m not the only one living my life. A perfect illustration of this is my children: they need their dad. Armed with this knowledge, they have become a source of light that saves me in my darkest moments.
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So, I follow the light but I do so chasing it right here on earth, for it is the accumulation of these little rays of light that lead me out of the darkness.
What are your little rays of light?
Check out the book I helped to write:
Lemonade Stand: Vol. III
Created by Josh Rivedal and Kathleen Myre, Lemonade Stand: Vol. III is a compilation of 20 stories from those who have served in the emergency services and the military. In it, the authors talk about their battles with PTSD, a debilitating and for many, a life-long mental illness. So, if you are from the military or emergency services, perhaps this book can help you combat the feelings of isolation and fear that frequently comes with post-traumatic stress disorder. Sometimes, just knowing that there are others out there, just like you, can provide you with the strength and courage to speak up and or get the help you need. The intention of this book is to help with that…. You’re not alone.
Also, Lemonade Stand: Vol III was written to help combat the stigma that often accompanies mental illness – and best of all, it attempts to give all who served their countries and communities a voice… Which is amazing!
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