When You’ve Hit Rock Bottom


Who needs to see this quote today?  
 
This past year laid me bare, but if I think about it too hard, I feel shame. 

Because:
 
– I don’t have cancer or another life-threatening disease.

– I don’t live in a country constantly ravaged by war.
 
– I’m not fleeing violence or persecution.
 

– I don’t live in an impoverished country struggling just to meet basic human needs.

– I have a loving husband.

– I have a loving, supportive family.

– I have friends who won’t let me quit.

 
Because of the above, I spent a good amount of time feeling ashamed AF about my “hard year.” 

What right do I have to even think about placing my pain and suffering along side others who’ve faced circumstances and situations 1000x worse?
 
That’s what makes invisible illnesses like depression and anxiety hard to bear. 

Not only do you feel like crap, you add to your own suffering by shaming yourself into thinking your suffering isn’t worthy.
 
If you’re caught in this shame cycle, too, let’s stop. Let’s show ourselves some grace and compassion.

Because:
 
Wondering if your family would be better off without you is a sign of pain. 

Thinking if you could just close your eyes and not wake up is a sign of pain. 

Almost losing everything because you just can’t seem to get yourself together is a sign of pain.
 
Yes, there are places in the world where terror reigns, children are orphaned, and men and women everywhere are fleeing for their very lives.
 

But your pain matters, too. 

You can’t help the children and the men and the women if you’re struggling just to get through the day.
 

Life isn’t done with me yet. I haven’t yet made my meaningful contribution to the world. I have work to do.

And my girls, I won’t leave them. 

I won’t let this version of me be the only thing they remember. 

I’m grateful they have amazing role models: strong, stable people who encourage them and love them unconditionally. 

I used to be that person. I still am. I just forgot for a long moment.

I’m trying to learn to think differently so I can start acting differently.

I’m rediscovering. I’m working to regain my footing. I’m surviving.

I’ve been at rock bottom, but that’s not where I want to stay.

If you’re here, too, please know you’re not alone. 

Your pain matters. My pain matters. All of us? We matter


Let’s keep reminding each other that, okay?

And sometimes, rock bottom is where you start to rise.

 
Love,

Kari

 

If you’re suffering from depression or any mental illness, please don’t hesitate to seek help from a qualified mental health professional as soon as possible

Help is available. You don’t have to go through this alone. You don’t have to suffer.

For some, the gap between knowing what they need to do to accomplish their goals and actually doing it is everything. As a virtual accountability partner, I help people struggling with procrastination and overwhelm take the critical steps they need to break the cycle of inaction and move forward with their lives.

5 Comments

  1. arifullahkhan685
    September 7, 2019

    Yes, you are right. But there are many people here around us, they have every thing but they feel alone…

    Reply
    1. Kari Watterson
      September 7, 2019

      That’s a great point. Those we think have everything, or at least seem to be put together, may feel just as alone. I suppose that’s where kindness and compassion come in, because you never know what someone else may be going through. Thanks so much for your comment.

      Reply
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