One of the questions I am asked the most is how did I make it through and how do I keep pushing through life despite it all? The answer is easy: I keep showing up. This post will be short, but I hope you find it insightful.
I keep showing up when the days are good. I keep showing up when the days are bad. I keep showing up when I mentally cannot bring myself to lift my head from the pillow. I keep showing up when I have nothing to offer. I keep showing up when I am unwanted. Each and every time, I keep showing up.
That’s exactly what gets me through. No secret formula. No quick way around it. Just plain old persistence. Is it hard? Absolutely. There are some days where I just wanted to hide, or cry, or run away from it all. Days that I would become so angry or frustrated that all I wanted to do was yell. However, there are also days where I smile and laugh so much, I forget about those bad days.
Just show up. Be vulnerable, but also set limits. Be persistent. Be intentional. Show up and I guarantee you that you won’t regret it. I know this seems like I’m being brief, but really that’s my trick: to show up even when I don’t want to and, most especially, when it’s hard to do. Pushing myself to do this has not only built my tolerance, but it opened my eyes to just how much I am missing out on when I choose the alternative of isolating myself.