Dear Younger Me Campaign #mentalhealth #encouragement

For those who don’t follow on Twitter or have access to the Facebook updates, I had the privilege of being part of an amazing campaign which serves to help mentor young girls. Check out the letter I wrote to a younger version of myself, which I hope encourages others on their life journeys.

Dear Younger Me,

At first I was going to warn you about what is to come, and then I realized I would only be hurting you by doing that. It would cause you to be fearful, closed-off, maybe even sheltered and I know that you are not, along with anyone else for that matter, called to live in fear. The truth is, all of the hard times in life enhance perseverance, confidence, and character… and those things are things that, unfortunately, are and may continue to be rare qualities in the world. However, those things are what will cause you, eventually, to be a light in a world filled with darkness.

One thing I will say is to make sure you stay connected with people who encourage and edify you; people who cause you to want to be better. People who won’t even think about tearing you down, but if for some reason they do the encouragement and edification you get from God, your true friends, and loved ones will cause you to be so strong that the words of other boys and girls have little to no affect on you. If those words do affect you, know that it is OK to express how you feel. In spite of what you might have learned before, crying equals healing and your feelings are valid.

Know that people walking out on you or giving up on you is a reflection of them, and not of you. Not to say that they are bad people; maybe that is just how they learned to cope. That doesn’t make it hurt any less, but it is a reminder that YOU REMAIN. You are still alive and that means you have a shot at better days ahead; to follow your dreams… to sing, to laugh, to love. You were born to do that, and you continuing to do so will not only solidify your purpose, but help others see theirs.

You are loved, little one. Always have been, always will be. Look up for strength, courage, wisdom, and comfort.

Love always,

Me.

Check out the main movement here:

https://www.facebook.com/MentoringYoungGirls
http://mentoringyounggirls.com/2014/01/23/2014-campaign-dear-younger-me/

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Two #mentalhealth #suicideprevention

Today marks the two year anniversary of the day I started this thing, and I am more convinced now than ever that you can live a life where you are completely free from the bonds of mental illness… and nothing can shake my belief that suicide should not now or ever be an option.

The problem with this is that I live in a world where a majority of others believe that you live life in order to maintain and not to fully enjoy it, and if you can’t even maintain then you have a serious problem. I mean I get that life happens and it makes some of us a bit selfish and jaded with the inability to understand that those who do enjoy life have the ability to help those who struggle, but that will never excuse a mentality that leads people to depression, destruction, and even death.

It’s not a OK to just get by without hope for more. It actually grieves me to see people living out the belief that who they are, what they do, and where they come from is meaningless or not as important compared to others.

I know in my heart that everyone was created on purpose and with purpose, and I know it because I learned it the hard way. After two suicide attempts and years of alcoholism I was done with fighting so hard to be someone I was never meant to be; and once I was done with that I found freedom, and decided it was time to show others how to do the same.

Since I have started this I know that I have only made a small impact on others lives compared to other suicide prevention and mental health movements, I am not even close to finished making a difference in the lives of those around me and neither is anyone else. I have said it before and I will say it again, if this thing saves ONE life it will be worth it… and I will be proud of it.

You’re Not Finished is a community where people can come together and show love, but it is also a lifestyle choice. Walking out the fact that you are loved, special, unique, and beautifully yourself.. and showing others that THEY are loved for who they are as well in the best way you know how.

More to come soon, survivors. Much love.

Help here: https://yourenotfinished.com/get-help/