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Many of us, myself included, drastically underestimate ourselves. Whether facing the day-to-day struggles of mental illness or not, many of us do this. But are we more than we know? I mean, have you ever asked yourself, “What am I actually capable of?”
Well, what are you capable of? Don’t worry – if you’re not sure, that’s okay. Maybe it would be helpful to look at this question, not as a stressful one, but rather, with the answer you come up with that can be an exciting adventure.
What’s more exciting than that, is the prospect of having many answers. See, in this context, each question can be a potentially exciting adventure.
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Firstly though, one must come up with something that can help challenge themselves. But Jonathan, what the heck can it be? Well, anything really – from the hidden passion you’ve had for years, to taking a cooking class. It doesn’t matter; just pick something.
See, that’s the beauty of maximizing our potential – the options to do so are endless. Below is a list of ideas to get you started.
- Learn to play an instrument
- Take a martial arts class
- Grab a partner and take a dancing class
- Restore a classic car or antique piece of furniture.
- Volunteer at a soup kitchen.
- Seek self-improvement through meditation, exercise, Yoga and so on.
- Learn to write a Book
grows while remaining idle.”Jonathan Arenburg – Author of The Road To Mental Wellness
While we are many, and many of us have mental illness; we can, nevertheless, thrive in our own way. And even though we may have limited energy; we still get to choose where we put it. Nothing is more evident to me of this fact than the #mentalhealthadvocates I work with.
While there are many others out there making a difference, what’s most amazing about them all is this: every one of them has learned that they are much more than they knew. Despite having BDP, PTSD, or depression, they are doing what they can.
Yet, how did they come to know their potential? I suspect that they all took different paths to get where they are, but I think they are givers – those with a desire to minimize suffering and stigma. So, they allowed the fire in their belly to give them the strength to realize that “Hey, something needs to be done and I am going to do my part.”
Moreover, we benefit from answering the questions that arise because of our convictions. Like the decision to become a voice for the mentally ill for example, you can find something that helps you grow. Again, just pick something.
For instance, when I take on a new cause or project, the question I often ask myself is, “What do I have to do to make it happen?” Worry not, my friends, if you’re drawing a blank when you ask yourself this question. Research will always help answer it. If all else fails, live on the wild side and pick the first random thing and get googling.
So, for example, ” I want to become a mental-health blogger. So then, what do I need to get started?” Whatever you chose, it should always start like in the image below.
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And there you have it! Regardless of what you chose to take on, you will grow and learn. Not only, that you’ll learn that you are more than you think you are. Who knows, maybe you’ll latch on to a whole new life. Looking back, you will see that
your potential is larger than life.