I choose every day to live an empowered life. To me, that means owning my life and my story.
Most people who live with mental illness have, at some point, been blamed for their condition. They’ve been called names. Their symptoms have been referred to as “a phase” or something they can control “if they only tried.”
Stigma causes people to feel ashamed for something that is out of their control. Even worse, stigma prevents people from getting the help they need.
I fight stigma by talking about what it is like to live with depression.
Ready for my closeup 📺 don’t forget to join me LIVE today on @pix11news @ 4:45PM discussing a topic very near to my heart, mental health 🧠
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One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out a way to get him out. Finally he decided it was probably impossible and the animal was old and the well was dry anyway, so it just wasn’t worth it to try and retrieve the donkey. So the farmer asked his neighbors to come over and help him cover up the well. They all grabbed shovels and began to shovel dirt into the well.
At first, when the donkey realized what was happening he cried horribly. Then, to everyone’s amazement, he quieted down and let out some happy brays. A few shovel loads later, the farmer looked down the well to see what was happening and was astonished at what he saw. With every shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was shaking it off and taking a step up.
As the farmer’s neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he continued to shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, to everyone’s amazement, the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and trotted off!” Unknown
As Maya Angelou and Brené wrote, I belong every place. I belong no place. I do 100% belong to myself.
“You are only free when you realize you belong no place — you belong every place — no place at all. The price is high. The reward is great.” Maya Angelou
When we are disconnected from ourselves, our emotions and true needs, we become narcissistic and oblivious to our impact on other people. It doesn’t even enter our consciousness to even consider that we need to be reasonable.
When we are nasty to others -especially women to other women- we are projecting our unwanted parts onto others (especially fear, envy, jealousy, suspicion, resentment, rage, anxiety or lack of self-esteem + confidence). We do this because we haven’t learned the skills to recognize or change our own behavior.
What often keeps us from living our most creative, adventurous, and expressive life is our self-absorption.
To less ego + more empathy, happy Monday Chicas ✌🏽
You weren’t created to do something average, to drag through life unfulfilled, unrewarded.
You were created to do something amazing. Remember who you are.
Would you ever take a journey, if you knew ahead of time that you’d become hopelessly lost, have your heart broken into pieces, and sometimes wish you’d never been born?
Now, how about if you knew ahead of time that on that very same journey you’d later find yourself, fall passionately in love, and live happily ever after?
Don’t give up on yourself 💛 #believe 🏽
The goal: to be happy. The legacy: to have lived a joyous life.
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