Happy Tuesday, Maniacs! Hope this post finds you well. If you had a hard weekend, full of stress, and discord so scattered that you feel like things will never leave the barren land of disharmony, I am praying for you. Those puzzle pieces that don’t seem to fit will be what they will. Step away from the puzzle briefly and take a minute or so to collect yourself. Even if it’s 5 minutes. It can make all the difference!
I only write when I have something to say. I have drafts and ideas of topics that I want to approach, but every time my fingers caress my keys a new song flows through my nerves, guiding me in a new direction.
What shall I talk about today? Can a dim light still shine? Can you be in a state of weakness, yet still inspire strength. Hell yes, you can!
Some days are very tough. Head hung down low, face motionless, words minced, with little murmurs of syllables barely leaving the comfort of the lips. I know that we all have felt like this: Like the one who sits fetal waiting for love or relief to take us by the hand and lead us out of the murky caverns of our minds. But on top of that, we also must get up, work and make a living while feeling close to dead on the inside.
Have you ever felt like that? Surely I’m not alone.
In my case, having a mental illness in conjunction with the everyday struggles of being a well-functioning human being doesn’t make the journey easier. My job as a fitness instructor is to be an example of strength, exuding an attitude of victory, fierceness, and sometimes never letting your students see beyond the veil of the pageant face that is put on for the classes.
Or is it? Have we become deluded in the trap of “fake-it-till-you-make-it?”
I firmly believe with all my heart that true change and inspiration comes from vulnerability and transparency.
As a teacher, a leader, a friend, a son, a patient, a studious pupil of life, it is imperative that my soul can effectively communicate and connect to another. Without that connection, without the deep-rooted sense of authenticness, not much work can or will be sufficient to cause a positive change. If you’re fake, people will know it, trust me!
So, wherever you are on this journey of feeling as if you’re not a strong enough person to create change and be consistent in your momentum in doing so, please, don’t be hard on yourself. There is no such thing as a person who is strong all the time. As a matter of fact, it’s in your weakness that you find your strength–and within that realization, others can relate and be inspired to follow your lead, creating a chain reaction that can free more people than you can imagine.
That’s all I have to say, for now, Maniacs! I am enjoying writing my thoughts out loud for you guys! Please follow, like, comment and share if you feel so inclined.
Chat with Y’all soon!