Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary. The people we trust with that important talk can help us know that we are not alone. ― Fred Rogers
All life experiences leave their mark. They impact our lives in negative or positive ways, they change the way we see ourselves and how we view the world. It’s impossible for someone to go through a traumatic event in their life without their body or brain reacting to that trauma, it can be a change as subtle as no longer having the taste for your favourite food, to something as big as walking away from family, friends or even relationships. Trauma can impact someone in ways even they find it hard to comprehend. It can also bring forward old habits that were buried.
Miracles were just second chances if you really thought about it–second chances when all hope was lost. ― Kaya McLaren
I believe in second chances. I will clarify, I believe that life gives each of us second chances and it’s up to the individual what they do with that second chance. ‘A Christmas Carol’ is probably one of the best know stories that teach us about second chances and how important change is to our overall existence. It’s also one of my favorite Holiday movies. Whether in a literal sense or figuratively speaking, second chances give us a new lease on life, a new lease on our relationship(s), or a second glimpse of what could be and for that, second chances should be appreciated! I have heard people who have survived serious illness or some life-threatening events speak about how grateful they were and how that thing that happened to them, changed them. Twenty-Six years ago I survived a life-threatening event that really made me look within. It made me reevaluate my path in life and the direction I wanted to go, nothing like death to make you wake up and take notice. It gives one a sense of place in this universe, opening our eyes to things we may have never noticed before.
Begin the habit of living in “gratitude,” of making sure that the people around you know how grateful you are to be their presence so that they know how much you value them. Don’t presume that they already know or that they will always be there, they can be gone in a week, a day, a moment. Make perfect memories with people that you care deeply about, memories that you can share long after they’re gone. Live in the presence of gratitude to a point where even on your worse days you have the ability to enjoy the moment because you know that there are people out there who love you, appreciate and are grateful for you!
I don’t know if I continue, even today, always liking myself. But what I learned to do many years ago was to forgive myself. It is very important for every human being to forgive herself or himself because if you live, you will make mistakes- it is inevitable. But once you do and you see the mistake, then you forgive yourself and say, ‘Well, if I’d known better I’d have done better,’ that’s all. So you say to people who you think you may have injured, ‘I’m sorry,’ and then you say to yourself, ‘I’m sorry.’ If we all hold on to the mistake, we can’t see our own glory in the mirror because we have the mistake between our faces and the mirror; we can’t see what we’re capable of being. You can ask forgiveness of others, but in the end the real forgiveness is in one’s own self. I think that young men and women are so caught by the way they see themselves. Now mind you. When a larger society sees them as unattractive, as threats, as too black or too white or too poor or too fat or too thin or too sexual or too asexual, that’s rough. But you can overcome that. The real difficulty is to overcome how you think about yourself. If we don’t have that we never grow, we never learn, and sure as hell we should never teach.
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