The struggle is real for all of us!
Have you ever noticed how everyone we know well goes through massive ups and downs and yet the majority of people we follow on social seem to have it all together? And having it “all together” actually seems like an understatement. Ever notice how what most of us choose to share is borderline fake? That imbalance between facade and reality make it tough to feel like you’ve been dealt a fair hand.
Why do they have it all and not me?
That’s a pretty sucky feeling to shake when you’re scrolling through your feed and what the world around you seems to be accomplishing is far beyond what you even think is possible for you. And how they all have a massive head start and catching up would be impossible. The highlight reels are intimidating, but your highlight reel is likely better than you give it credit for.
Have you heard about reverse bucket lists?
Unlike a regular bucket list where you list all the things you want to accomplish before you turn a certain age, retire or die—a reverse bucket list challenges you to write down all the amazing things you have already accomplished. This list doesn't have to be a documentation of the goals you’ve achieved, it can be more inclusive than that and include things you didn’t plan ahead to do yet loved adding to your memories, experiences and accomplishments.
Reflecting in the mirror will only get you so far.
Connecting with people that are different from yourself offers opportunities for personal growth and the potential to see things from another perspective. And while spending time with those similar can seem to offer more comfort it might be false comfort. Consider a time when you were in a moment of struggle and whether it help to talk to someone with the same point of view had much of an impact on freeing yourself from the grips of overwhelm or if it was the act of considering an alternative approach that freed you. Thinking outside the box is for every moment of your life, not just creative projects.
Share fearlessly for the biggest opportunity to grow.
Sharing the depths of who we truly are can be raw and overwhelming, especially in new relationships. Mental, emotional and physical struggles are tough to conquer alone. When you’re struggling, it’s often fresh connections that help you break through the stuck. Do you have any tips of how to open up? We’d love it if you shared them in the comments section of this blog. Remember that each time you behave boldly you show someone else what’s possible.