“Married to the love of my life and 3 months pregnant with our first child – this was supposed to be a happy time, this was supposed to be my time. Instead, we were in the middle of absolute turmoil. Business stress was taking its toll. A very close family member was suffering from severe schizophrenia and this was putting huge emotional stress on the family. Parents were experiencing what seemed like incurable marital challenges. And then there was that heart breaking phone call, when I discovered someone I cherish most had been hiding a dark secret – a chronic drug addiction. The family had been shaken to the core. I found myself having to be strong for everyone around me while I was quietly crumbling on the inside. Why Me, I asked time and time again.”

Do you find yourself feeling overwhelmed by the cards that life has dealt to you? Do you find yourself asking “why me”. I’m here to tell you that you’re not alone. If you’re at breaking point, feeling like you’re on an uphill battle and cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel, I just want to say to you – Don’t give up, just keep fighting! Everyone’s situation is unique and whilst there is no one size fits all band aid for life’s problems, I would like to share with you some realities that have helped me get through my darkest moments.

There Is Hope In Tomorrow

Tomorrow is a brand new day and with it comes new opportunities for hope. You just never know what break through is around the corner. Each day we are alive, there is someone, somewhere around the world facing their final moments, and they would give anything to trade places so that they could have just one more day. Every day is a gift, cherish each day and hold on to the hope that tomorrow brings.

Letting Go

Often the most difficult situations are the ones we have the least control over.  And while there may not be lot we can do, or are ready to do, so many of us spend countless hours obsessing about the situation. This really brings little benefit but rather negatively impacts our mental well-being. Sometimes it is important just to let go. Do what you need to do and then get on with life, without over thinking or dwelling on the situation.  Search high and low for the small things to be grateful for. Change the lense and look at the challenge as an opportunity for personal growth.

Personal Growth

In the deepest valleys remember that what doesn’t break you will make you stronger. Those of us that overcome life’s greatest struggles can have the most profound impact in the world. The lessons you take from difficult situations are invaluable and one day may help you to have a positive impact in someone else’s life. Your story is valuable and you are a greater asset in the world today because of what you have been through.

There Is Strength In Unity

Lastly, at some point in our lives we all need someone. Is there someone in your life you feel like you can lean on? If not pro-actively reach out and look for a support group or network – a church group, a government program, a club. Draw on the strength of those around. Friends, family, support groups can help to encourage us to get up, get out and get on with it. There is no shame in asking for the support of those around. And remember one day when you get over your mountain, someone may be asking you for your support!