I wasn’t going to write tonight. Honestly, nothing much is going on. I’m still at the same place I’ve been. I’m still dealing with the same things I have been. I don’t want to keep writing about the same things. But, then I came across this tonight:
Lately these are the thoughts that take over my brain: “I can’t make it through today.” Each day brings with it its own challenges, and each day I get to a point where I feel like I can’t take this anymore, I can’t keep fighting the same fight. I start questioning what is wrong with me. But you know what, I do make it through the day. Somehow, someway, I do, and like this quote says I need to start giving myself credit for that. All of us who struggle with our own demons should give ourselves credit for even the smallest of steps because the fight is real, and each day that we survive just one more day, we are making progress, even if we can’t see it.
For example, this week I discovered watercolor painting. Honestly, it’s been a God send. I’ve found that each time I start feeling anxious, each time I start feeling like I can’t make it through the day, I pull out my paints and start painting. Today I pulled out my paints at least four different times. And for those few minutes, I can turn off my brain. That is progress, finding a way to work through how I am feeling instead of getting more overwhelmed, and instead of letting the thoughts take over.
Whether it’s music, art, reading, writing, taking a walk… whatever, as long as we keep finding what works for us and ways to work through the thoughts that take over our brains, we are making progress.
And for that we need to give ourselves credit.