Mental health is the most important thing in the world, and I have struggled with it for years. Sometimes it’s taken longer than other days to battle it, while other days it’s sat on the periphery and I’ve had a clearer view of what I want my life to be.
This week has been an uphill climb. I wasn’t doing very well with my mental health at the beginning of the year, and COVID-19 has made it more intense, as it has for many of us.
But I’ve been learning to not despair. To take it one step at a time. Like climbing a ladder to the top of the trees – which I incidentally did do once a few years ago in real life. That ladder wasn’t much fun to climb, but I did it in my own time. I’m not one to be pushed or made to do something I don’t want to do, though sometimes I need to take a step out of my comfort zone.
That moment on that day, of climbing the ladder up a tree to swing down the rope to the ground was both scary and exhilarating. And sometimes I feel life is like that. That a lot of the time we live in our comfort zones, feeling safe, and flat out refusing to take a risk for our dreams, even though our dream life is whispering in our hearts. We work as bankers or managers or in jobs we hate, and all the while at home we’re playing music or singing along to the radio, writing poetry and songs, painting beautiful pieces of art, making jewellery, and all the while these things we love to do end up taking the back seat because all we want is success, money, and recognition.
I’m starting to realise that’s not what life is about. Life is about love – loving the people in your life, loving the things you do, and giving yourself the love to rise up and do what you love to do – write, draw, sing, whatever is whispering inside you. That whisper is who you are. That whisper is, for me, just a little bit louder.
So listen to your heart whispering to you. Try everything you love. You never know – one day, your heart’s whisper will lead you home.
Until my next post,
Sending you all love and good wishes!
Kate @ Kandid Chronicles.