Monday, November 14, 2011

Doing more than surviving

I've been a little sad today.  Sad because someone I love very dearly is hurting, sad because I miss my Meme and so does all of my family and it is hard to watch people I love be sad and a little down because of the worries I have about my custody case that is coming up on its final hearing in a few weeks.  Over the past months, I have been able to maintain a positive attitude about most of these things, but right now I'm just having some down moments.

While I was moping around online tonight, I came across this little gem:

"Life is going to push you around, beat you up and it's going to scare you.  But, then one day, you realize you're not just a survivor, you're a warrior."

It helped to to take a step back, pause and realize this is true.  I am doing more than simply surviving and have been actually fighting back for myself, the person I want to be and know that I am and for my family.   And, I do think I am turning into a warrior of sorts.  I have learned how to keep fighting and keep moving forward even when I don't want to anymore.  I have learned to recognize and deal with my feelings instead of trying to drown them with alcohol.  I am sure that I am going to get through these times of sadness, but I also have learned that I am allowed to feel down sometimes.  Without the lows the highs aren't quite as sweet.


  1. i like that. there is a japanese proverb i love: fall down 7 times, get up 8. and that is what we do. through pain comes spiritual growth. just walking through that little piece of hell last week, gave me more strength. if i can get through that, then i can get through other situations. we have been given a gift, the gift of a clean slate. we are the lucky ones. and honoring your feelings of sadness or being down sounds like you know how to handle it in a healthy way; you are honoring your feelings.i don't know you, but you sound wise and strong. :)

  2. You are right, we ARE the lucky ones. If anything, I know I don't have to pick up a drink to deal with things. That is so freeing. Thanks so much for reading! It's nice to click with folks who understand.