It’s messages like this one (see pic) that are “gentle reminders” for me as to why I need to keep sharing my journey with the world even though my illness often doubts that my words could actually make a difference.
We all experience feelings of self-doubt from time to time in our lives; afterall we are our harshest critics, but when you are battling with chronic depression and/or crippling anxiety you often find yourself spending most of your days (and nights) overanalyzing every decision you make and doubting your capabilities and accomplishments.
Self-doubt can be very debilitating and likewise unhealthy while in the throes of depression and it often finds creative ways to paint some very ugly pictures in your mind; ones that tell you over and over again that you are not “worthy enough”, “deserving enough” or “good enough”.
Self-doubt also has a very cruel way of trying to stand in my way while in pursuit of my own happiness and meaningful opportunities. I continue though, desperately trying to stop it in its tracks with a kinder, gentler heart and by reminding myself that it’s okay to be more accepting of my strengths and all that I have to offer to the world.
I am blessed as well to be surrounded by so many people who continue to help me believe in myself and grow from my mistakes, who remind me of all the reasons why I should be proud of myself, who support my accomplishments and who show me why I am more than worthy, more than capable and more than “enough”.
My heart believes in me too; the same heart which I wear on my sleeve every single day, exposing my true authentic self and vulnerabilities to the world but I have given it some thought lately that maybe I should consider tattooing it on my forehead instead to ensure that it permanently sinks in?
“If you hear a voice within you say you cannot paint, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.” – Vincent Van Gogh
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