Although the world is full of suffering, it’s full also of the overcoming it.
I’ve spent years suffering from depression, low self-esteem or rather no self-esteem and social anxiety. I’ve been medicated, inundated with self-help books, seminars, videos and I’ve come to the conclusion that suffering comes because we have been taught that pain will always be with us. It’s a permanent thing that we have to carry with us throughout our lives like a second skin.
“people are intimidated by people they cannot imitate.” ~Johnnie Dent Jr.
We may sometimes share the same or similar experiences in life but those experiences are as individual as the person facing them, so is their reaction to them. It’s rational and healthy to be mindful of the energy we put into whatever life throws at us. I’m challenged on a daily basis, sometimes I can ignore a situation, shutting it off completely, other times I step out of character and challenge the situation head-on then regret later putting so much energy into something so meaningless. Our experiences can bring out the worst in us, just as it can bring out the best in us but it’s entirely up to you and me to know when to cut off or distance ourselves from situations that bring us down.
“Don’t let the expectations and opinions of other people affect your decisions. It’s your life, not theirs. Do what matters most to you; do what makes you feel alive and happy. Don’t let the expectations and ideas of others limit who you are. If you let others tell you who you are, you are living their reality — not yours. There is more to life than pleasing people. There is much more to life than following others’ prescribed path. There is so much more to life than what you experience right now. You need to decide who you are for yourself. Become a whole being. Adventure.” ~ Roy T. Bennett