Dear Beautiful Human

Dear beautiful human,

It is no secret that times are tough right now. These are unforeseen times and circumstances that we have never experienced before. Day after day, we are seeing the simple act of survival become more trivial.  We turn on the news in the evening, and the first stories we see are that of hardship and illness. We hear about families who cannot afford to put food on their table and are lacking even the most basic necessities. We may not be directly affected by the aforementioned points, but the fact of the matter is we are human, and we are built to emphasize and sympathize with struggle.

Struggle does come in many forms, but the action of struggle is universal. We all deal with our problems that perpetuate struggle in different ways. What works for one person may not work for another. Some people may be able to cope on their own while others may decide that they need a helping hand and may choose to then seek professional help. There is absolutely nothing wrong with professional help, especially in difficult times such as these. Contrary to popular belief, seeking the help of a counselor does not make you weak; it makes you human.

The weight of the world can become awfully heavy and daunting at times. We may be some of the strongest humans in the world. Superhero like strength may emanate from our every pore. However, there are even limits to what the strongest person can handle before they become so overloaded that whatever issues they have been holding back explode like a detonating bomb.

It is never a good or recommended thing to hold in all of your feelings. Expressing them is as important as feeling them at your core, even if you feel the majority of society will look down on you for your thought process and coping mechanisms.  We were born with the innate instinct to feel emotions and react to them. If you are feeling confused, distraught or just plain depressed in these times, please know and take comfort in the fact that you are not alone.

We are all feeling some kind of emotion that may not be typical for us at this time. The unknown is scary and very anxiety provoking. This is especially true when the whole world is involved. Part of life and its curiosity involves the unknown, but when we are dealing with people’s physical health, it is an entirely different playing field that requires a much more profound inspection. When a situation becomes one that is life or death, we tend to naturally examine it with a much greater and broad lens.

You may look in the mirror and see a sad and anxious person who is worried about everything. You know that the stress is what is causing the grey hair to pile up on your head. The last thing you think about when you’re looking in the mirror is your strength and your beauty, but I promise you that is what I see when I look at you. I see a productive and civil remember of our society who is concerned with not only your own interest, but the interest of others as well.

I see someone so full of love, ambition, and compassion. I see a person who strives to make a difference each and every day. I know you’re just one person, and it is virtually impossible to constantly please others around you, but I certainly see the fire in your eyes that illuminates the world now more than ever.

I see someone who is pushing themselves to function as normally as possible, no matter how exhausting it has the potential to become. While I find that trait especially admirable, you have to use caution when pushing yourself beyond your limits. This does not mean putting a halt on all of your work, but rather taking the time day by day and second by second.

Lastly, I want you to let you know that I am proud of you. I am proud of you for never giving into the devil in your ear, no matter how difficult and challenging it may be. Just opening your eyes to recognize how blessed you are each morning is a feat in itself. Especially when life is so discombobulated. I also want to let you know that I care. Sometimes, we become so wrapped and consumed with our own lives that we tend to forget to acknowledge the importance of such essential people in our lives.

No matter how messy your hair, house, and frankly your entire world is remembering that we are in this together may bring a much-needed element of comfort. It may feel incredibly dark and dauting as well as lonely, but we will get through this and come out stronger than ever on the other side of this. We  have come this far, and it is imperative that we keep going to the best of our ability.

Karla Culbertson

Karla is a 33 year old independent writer. She is wheelchair dependent due to Cerebral Palsy, chronic pain, and hip dysplasia, but she does not let that stop her from enjoying life. It is Karla's goal in life to inspire and uplift others. She loves writing positive blog posts that may have the potential of inspiring others and bettering their lives.

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