I feel like crap. I got a cold suddenly and have been hostage to the comfort of my bed for the better part of 36 hours. I’ve slept, Netflix binged, talked to my Mom for an hour and a half straight, surfed the web and social media gorged.
I love sharing my experiences and helping others through story telling. Everything I share on this site is based on true stories that I have experienced and have impacted me (TRUE story..lol). I have had readers thank me for being willing to share and admire my strength and openness. But even the strongest people have soft spots. There are life events that touch us in profound ways and many times we don't know it until they happen. We can allow our responses and actions we take afterwards to effect us negatively or we can strive to find the silver lining.
Imagine that you are out to eat or at a salon and the services rendered fall short your expectations. You are left with some options on handling the situation. You could leave without addressing the issue and never return. You could continue to have the services in the future and avoid telling the person or establishment of your disapproval. Or you could speak up and tell them how you feel. Which option would you choose?
By no means am I an athlete, but over the years, I have incorporated exercise into my life and have become fit. To me, having a dedicated exercise regimen is a necessity. I look at exercise like brushing my teeth, grocery shopping and putting gas in my car. I look at it as a peripheral aspect of daily living required to make my life wholly stable. Through that commitment, I am the healthiest I have ever been. This past Tuesday was my first day back at the gym and boy did I experience more than I expected. Who knew a simple workout could bring me to tears?
I created this website to tell stories that anyone can find relatable. The hopes is that through my experiences, people reading my stories can better themselves, question status quo and sometime just have a laugh to brighten their day. There will be times however, that I discuss topics that are relatable even when people don’t want to believe that they are. Something that we can all relate to is the concept of racism. Although racism is seen around the world, because of deaths of people in police custody, increased gang activity across the country and issues on race and immigration highlighted in the upcoming presidential election, I want to focus on what’s going on in the United States.
There's always that one person; a coworker, friend or maybe even a relative that is what I like to say "at the ready". These people tend to have an immediate response to situations that trigger their fight or flight response; often stirring the trouble pot, They instigate situations which can affect those around them, both positively and negatively. If you are having a hard time thinking of who that person is, it maybe you. Are you always on guard?
The loss of a relationship can be a pivotal moment in a person's life. We are often left with questions and emotions that can cloud our perspective on what was, what is and what will be. There is hope! There are some step that you can take to help in your process of healing, with the hopes of learning how to cope and move foward with a happy life (love and otherwise)
We are often confronted with pressures to practice social norms. Some are meant with the best intentions to help us develop life skills and make connections with others. Yet some of those practices test the boundaries of our natural abilities or individual comforts. Finding the balance of the potential benefits and possible hindrances are the key to not only embrace who we are but also to accept who we can become.