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This world can be terribly false and so much of that is because of fear. Fear of being real, fear that the people we actually are are somehow lacking or not good enough. This is why we so often find ourselves in pain. Afraid to say “I am not perfect. This is who I am. I am flawed.” we pretend and pretend until we are blue in the face. Somethings who we are is hurting. Sometimes who we are struggles to get up in the morning or to find the good in the world. And we are so very afraid of admitting this we cause ourselves much more pain. Trying to pretend everything is ‘fine’. Trying to keep our masks straight so no-one sees our tears or our worries or our insecurities. It’s time to put the masks down. It’s time to recognise that life can be hard, sometimes for no obvious reason. Sometimes we just feel rubbish. And that’s ok. Really it is.
It’s time we were free to be REAL, both in our pain and in our happiness.
If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health then please don’t be afraid to reach out and talk to someone. You are not alone and help is available. By opening up and starting the conversation we can move forward together and look to a mentally healthy future. Below are links to a range of fantastic organisations that can provide information, advice and services.