To the one struggling, I hear you and I see you.
To the one who never had a mother or father who should have loved you the way you should have been loved and encourage you to be amazing, I understand and know you’re not alone.
To those of you who struggle with PTSD, I’m sure you’re like me and recent events have caused you to take steps backward mentally, know that I understand what triggers can do and you have my compassion and sympathy.
To those who feel isolated because of current events please know I have been struggling lately too.
To those who are apprehensive or afraid to express your feelings because of judgment, lack of understanding or being rejected please know not everyday has to be perfect. We all know too well how many times battling depression can push people away from us, but know you’re not the only one.
Sometimes like you I think about what ifs. What if I had the type of parents who didn’t battle their own demons daily and could have loved me the way I deserved to be loved. What if I didn’t ever deal with depression or anxiety, would I have more people who would want to be around me? What if I wasn’t an Empath, would less people take advantage of me?
I could go on and on with what ifs. My open letter is to tell you you’re not alone. I felt compelled to write tonight as I battle my own issues. Each day is a new day to try again, and to look toward a better present and future. You don’t have to apologize for being who you are.
I turn to my faith and as I leave things in God’s hands, I know he will get me through. Even when you feel like no one understands, or think the people around you are on the verge of giving up on you, know that you’re not alone. I understand your pain and struggles, and most importantly we have a loving God who is there waiting on us. Isaiah 41:10 is the reminder I tend to lean on in troubled times.
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Yes, I see you, hear you and you have empathy, but most importantly, God is there for you and has the ability to get you out of a difficult time.