Today is a day which will hopefully bring more help and sunshine to those who have ever or are suffering in silence.
Mental health, mental illness unfortunately has a stigma and everyday gets ignored, by too many. Those around you could be struggling or be very willing to help their loved ones in need. An invisible illness, yet like Cancer, Mental Illness can and does kill.
Too many people suffer in silence, yet various forms of mental illness are all around us. Have you ever seen a mother ready to pull her hair out ? Of course we all have. As a mother myself of course some days are more stressful, I may feel overwhelmed. I’ve learned to talk, to voice my need, even if it’s simple for 15 minutes in complete silence. There are days I feel I can do it all and others I’m content doing nothing. I’ve learned to take things one step at a time, nothing is perfect, I don’t need to do it all, what truly is important and family is by far the most important.
I am no expert. I am not perfect. I make mistakes just like everyone else. I work hard. I work and live to not be in debt. I enjoy life. I set goals. I cry. I laugh. I love. I am hard on myself. I (now) make time for myself. Photography is my artistic outlet and at times an escape. Being a mom is a hard but very rewarding job. Somedays suck and don’t seem fair. Children know when you’re stressed. Children are the best and (at times) hardest thing that’s happened to me. I have invisible illnesses-they suck, they will always be a (challenge) part of my life. I survived infertility, the scars will always be there. I choose quality over quantity, even in friendships. Love what you do, never compare to anyone else. If you are blessed with a talent, embrace it. Marriage is hard work, the 2nd best job (next to being a mom). My husband is my best friend. I believe it was fate when my husband and I met. I am very proud of my husband and kids. I do not trust others easily. I will never have too much or too little pride. I love technology, so what I’m a computer and camera geek. I adore my cameras, when in my hands we are like magic, capturing timeless moments. I value my talent and education. Being in a family business can be hard and amazing. I look up to and admire my parents. I am thankful. I am natural, I rarely wear make up and love my long red hair. I can’t live without a dog, my cat is special too. I love exercising, yet lack motivation at times. I love food, but can’t love it too much. I stand behind my ethics and values. I am honest and trustworthy. I choose not to be sucked in by fake people. I believe money does not buy love or solve problems. I believe in learning by your own mistakes. I do believe in Karma, sometimes it sucks waiting. I want to be a good example for my kids as a woman, mother and spouse. I sometimes have a hard time letting go and take things personal. I am very sensitive. I’ve been betrayed, it hurts, a lot. I do not believe in ever living a lie. I’m not interested in being or who is popular. I never want to see my kids hurt. I value my relationships. I enjoy spending time with family, friends and am very content also at home. Being near, in or on the water is very peaceful for me. I value tradition. I value respect. I would be crushed if I lost my photos. I pray everyday for my family to be kept safe. I am now finally feeling more comfortable in a crowd. I’ve always been reserved.
I do not have a perfect life, but it’s perfectly mine and I love it.
A young man from our community lost his life this past weekend. My heart aches for his friends and family. A pain no parent should face. A pain he also should not have faced alone.
It’s time to break the silence. This world we all live in is ours, not perfect, just like all of us. We can make the choice to open our minds and our hearts. Let’s talk.
The Truth Will Set You Free!