At every moment of our lives, we all have one foot in a fairy tale and the other in the abyss ~ Paulo Coelho
There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they’ll take you.
Once upon a time,…. (if simply hearing this phrase makes you feel secure and soothed, that’s no accident) I never really did believe my story would be any different from the people I grew up with. I mean I had always hoped that it would but I didn’t believe. Why should I be the exception and not the rule? Don’t worry, I am not here to tell you a sob story as too how rough I may have had it growing up or anything like that, albeit this may be true; as I know all over the word people are in much worse situations. What I am here to say is that today I do believe it will be different. It was a gradual process, but I realised I could change who I was and rewrite my story – life is very different for me now.
I am slowly learning how to stay brave and to own my disappointments, failures and even those heartbreaks that take your breath away. I’m sharing everything I know, feel, believe and have experienced about rising strong. The truth is, falling hurts. The dare is to keep being brave and feel your way back up.
I know, I know, regaining our emotional footing in the midst of struggle is always scary but it’s also where our courage is tested and our values are forged. It’s the process that teaches us the most about who we are. So – it doesn’t matter if our hurt is caused by a painful break-up or failed career; if we can learn how to feel our own stories of struggle, we can write our own brave ending.
Challenge your story, write new ones in order to live happier, more ‘wholehearted lives’. Engage with your feelings, turn your story inside out to see if it’s real or not. The question is do you want to write the story or do you want to hand that power to someone else?
Be happy. X