Day 16 – Something You Like about Yourself
This is probably the hardest prompt I’ve had so far. Although nothing immediately comes to mind (like a lot of females in this day and age probably), I guess I’m going to go with my inner strength. Is that a strange answer? Probably. Honestly, it was a struggle to think of anything at all, which is kind of sad really. I suppose that’s what this challenge is all about though!
Anyway, I chose my inner strength as I feel like over these past 5 years (especially this year) I have changed from a timid, shy person into someone who can deal with almost anything. I’ve been dealt a lot of bad hands, met a lot of nasty people, made a lot of mistakes, lost family members and friends…and it’s all made me stronger. I guess it all comes down to my mentality, and I’ve always been a believer in “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”…after this year, I’m proof of that.
I’ve had nights where I’ve shivered uncontrollably (to the point it probably would have almost looked like convolutions to outsiders), I’ve had days where I cried for hours, I’ve had moments of weakness where I’ve word-vomited my problems to a kind set of ears…but I always manage to pull myself together. There’s always a strong voice shouting at me through the fog “okay, enough is enough, time to shake this off and get back to it”. I don’t think anyone would blame me if I fell apart. In fact, I’m sure some would expect it. I haven’t though. I’ve taken hit after hit and I’m doing okay. I’m still standing. I’m still fighting. I’m refusing to let it all get to me. I suppose part of the reason for that is if I do fall apart, I’m worried I won’t get back up.
Another reason though, is my amazing friends. Being an introvert, I don’t have a lot of them, but the ones I do are so supportive and amazing. I don’t have a particularly close relationship with any of my family, so without my friends I don’t think I’d be anywhere near as strong as I am. Tying in with that, I’ve learnt in these past few years it’s okay to ask for help. It’s okay to tell people you’re hurting or upset. It’s okay to let people know you’re issues. In fact, I’ve sort of come to rely on it. Everyone knows my problems because I’m always looking for advise or a different outlook. It’s part of my coping mechanism and while sometimes I wish I kept things to myself more, ultimately it helps me see things more clearly and to move forward with my life.
This was a tough post and it was a bit all over the place, but it’s the best I could do. I’m trying to have more self-love and self-confidence but it’s a slow process. I’m sure one day I’ll have a better response to this kind of question, but not today.