When your world feels like it's crumbling and you're sitting in your bedroom with tears streaming down your face, the last thing you want is for someone to see you in that state, right?
Been there, felt that. When you're feeling like your life is crashing in around you and that you are a broken mess, you want the pain to be taken away instantly. You want to get through it all on your own but you also want to be hugged, to cry in someone's arms for hours...
I have felt that so many times, sometimes all at once! Broken, weak whilst wanting to be strong, like I need rescuing, like I can't let anyone see me, like I want everyone to know how I'm feeling. It's just confusing.
Here's what I've found. When life gets tough sometimes the best thing to do is to let someone help, to walk through it with you. It's OK to be weak and it's OK to be strong. Most of all, it's OK to need other people. We're not placed on this earth to do life alone but instead to love each other and help one another through it.
We're all in the midst of growing and we're all learning things along the way. One thing at a time, one day at a time. One day we're flying and the next we're falling. Life is a crazy unpredictable journey and for that reason I am so thankful to have my friends and mentors in my life.
Growing up, I did most of my life internally and alone. I didn't talk to anyone about how I felt or the things that were going on so it was hard when I finally started sharing.
We need someone to see us in our brokenness for us to realise that they love us just the same. When I broke down I needed people there by my side to encourage me that it was actually possible to stand back up again.
We also need other people because when we're on a mountaintop we can encourage those in the valleys of life.
I love the quote, "Never look down on somebody unless you're helping them up". The reality is we can't help people up unless we're first brave enough to let them in. Others can't be vulnerable with us if they don't first know that we are willing to be open. We all do life together and we all go through experiences that make us feel ecstatic or that break our heart.
The reality is, with whatever we're facing we were never called to do it alone. We were called to bring people into our lives and let them love us when we feel unloveable, letting them express joy when we feel there's none left in the world. We're there to be loved and then to give that love to others when we're standing on our feet again.
I encourage you to find people who you can let into your life to share both the high and the low times with you - it's so worth it. You are worth it xo
by Hannah Mason
Gen Z, Queensland