You Are Not Alone

“All of us, at some time or other, need help. Whether we’re giving or receiving help, each one of us has something valuable to bring to this world. That’s one of the things that connects us as neighbors–in our own way, each one of us is a giver and a receiver.” –Mister Rogers

When I wrote my post on depression a few days ago, my main goal was to work out some feelings through writing (which is often my best tool) and to be honest with those who read my blog so that I don’t create a facade of a clean and breezy life. I made the vow to be real in my writing and it felt important to adhere to that. I assumed the number of readers would be on the higher side for that day, but I was unprepared how far that post actually went (thanks to your likes, comments & shares). It’s taken me a few days to recover from being that raw and honest and knowing that people all over the world have read my words. (including countries I shamefully had to look up on a map when they popped up on my stats page) Despite this need for recovery after writing that post, I don’t regret it in the least. I’ve been processing what led me to share that much. Attempting to normalize a topic that can, at times, be taboo and even shameful has felt somewhat liberating. Based on the comments and emails I have received it is very clear to me that this struggle is a very common one and I am far from being alone. I never really thought I was, but there something powerful about hearing story after story from friends and strangers confirming that fact. My post was an attempt to start a conversation and to give those who may feel alone or ashamed or confused with their own depression or any other mental health problem a chance to feel a little less alone/ashamed/confused. The more you are willing to give, the more you will receive. The support and encouraging words I have received over the past two days has filled my heart. And so, I want to say thank you. I was talking to a fellow blogger about how to move forward once you write such an intense post. It feels hard to write a post on depression one day and then go back to talking about science experiments the next day. My drive in starting this blog was to share the journey of parenthood and homeschooling and with that comes great highs and lows. It is often true that in my every day life, I may struggle with a hard day of emotions and depression, but my job as mother doesn’t stop. Therefore, the next day may be filled with fun and games. And that’s real. I have to find the strength to place those hard feelings on the back burner temporarily so that my children’s world does not have to skip a beat.  Even though it feels odd to share the amazing tree crystals we grew yesterday after I just shared raw emotions with you a few days ago, I’m going to do it. (Post to follow soon…) Because that’s what this ride is truly like. Some days you give and some you receive. xo

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