I have often found it funny (as in ironic funny, not ha ha funny) how we often go through life sometimes absorbed by what we are going through that we fail to look at the pain others may have as well. I am not a stranger to this, for I often emphasize my own struggles and overlook the ones by others. But like other aspects of my life, I am striving to be a better person, which means looking at other people and their struggles. and finding ways to be there, even if I cannot be physically present for those who may have need.
After all, like I stated in my last blog post, no one is an island. No one should struggle alone.
That being said, I also know that the struggle is often real.
This past summer, I got back in touch with two different people from my young adult days, both peers of mine from those days. Both of these women have had their fair share of struggles the last few years, maybe even their not-so-fair share. Both women are fighting battles I cannot even begin to fathom. But both women are fighting them in their own ways. And while I can do little more than offer my support, for they both live in other sides of the country from me, I can admire that they are fighting. They are warriors.
‘Cause I’m a warrior, I fight for my life, Like a soldier all through the night, And I won’t give up, I will survive, I’m a warrior And I’m stronger, that’s why I’m alive, I will conquer, time after time, I’ll never falter, I will survive, I’m a warrior~ Avril Lavigne “Warrior”
The world is full of warriors who are struggling. The world is full of people who are conquering what they can. But they need help. They need reminders that they are beautiful bad-asses who are fighting whatever battles, be it mental illness, health woes, financial insecurities, the world at large, or their own anxieties.
My own way to deal with my struggles is to write about them. Whether they are just pieces of prose in my journals, bits of my stories, or parts of these blog posts, I try to get my own words out on to some sort of medium. I persist. I fight. I am resilient. I endure. I write. But I also try to reach out when I can’t do any of these. And I have friends and family that reach in when I can’t do that either.
In this day and age where social media and the internet connect us in more ways, but yet also divide us, we need to learn to look out for each other. Don’t be afraid to say hi to a friend you haven’t spoken to in a bit. Check in on people who seem to have fallen off the grid. Get to know them better, even their struggles. Perhaps a little more kindness, a little more mercy and forgiveness, a little more “how are you today?” might change the world.
Maybe this life is just about love and tenderness, If all we are are shooting stars, Maybe we, we can fight, All of this pain and loneliness, If all we are are shooting stars~ Edwin McCain “Shooting Stars”
But then again, I am also known as the eternal optimist, so maybe my hopes are just wishful thinking, meant to just be dreams.
But then, the story I am writing of my own life isn’t finished, so perhaps that wishful thinking will someday be a reality. Perhaps, one day, there will be magic in a “hi, how are you?” Or maybe there already is, and some of us are the only ones who know how to look for it?
Those of you struggling, keep being the beautiful warriors you are meant to be. Keep going, write those stories and stay magical.
After all, that’s the wish I have for everyone.
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