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Can’t Go At It Alone…

If it weren’t for my amazing friends, I’d be in bad shape right now. I’ve been overwhelmed and in a funk for about a week. It’s not uncommon to be down, here and there, but to be in a complete funk for this long is rare. I’m traveling in a few weeks and I’m feeling a little anxious about the trip. I haven’t been on a trip like this in more than a decade and the weight of it hit me hard. I’m very vague most times when I tell my friends that I’m sad or anxious about something, but this time I went into details about my concerns. They were helpful in walking me through each concern by sharing their experiences with anxiety before they travel. Instantly, my chest opened up from its tightness and a huge sigh of relief ensued from the solidarity felt from our shared emotions. I was so relieved to hear that I wasn’t alone or overreacting!

I started thinking a little more clearly after my friends cheered me up and I realized -- truth is that we’re never alone, even in the craziest of situations, someone else has experienced it. My biggest worry about sharing my anxiety about missing my flight, getting lost, and feeling homesick before even leaving home, is that most people would think that I was complaining about first-world problems, and not something worth sharing or wasting time over, but instead my group of friends gave me advice and words of encouragement to help ease my anxiety. My heart skipped a beat while reading their encouraging words, but also their own experiences of their travel induced anxieties.

My tribe of amazing friends delivered a punch of hope and confidence that is so priceless to me. Life gets busy, but what I know for sure is that true friends will always take a minute to encourage and send love my way when I need it most. This a great reminder for next time that I’m tempted to not want to “bother” my friends with my first-world problems.

It's times like these that remind me how much love and appreciation we have for each other in good and bad times. It’s true that some friendships will come and go, and that’s more of a reason to appreciate them while they’re here, helping me get through the hurdles that feel too heavy to go at them alone. 

In hope, I am fearless.

-Fabiola

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