Hiya everyone. Today’s post I want to talk about a question that I always ask myself. Am I thriving or just simply surviving? Am I doing the best I possible can or am I just passing through life?
I continuously think the latter. I constantly believe that I’m just breezing my way through life because I’m just coping. Coping with my mental health, coping with college work and coping with just general life. I don’t think I should “cope”, I should be able to thrive.
Thriving in my own sense is living life in the best way possible. Not necessarily succeeding in things, but trying your hardest to go past your norm. Continually challenging yourself to be a better person, a better and more supportive friend, working hard at your career – to name a few.
I know that we can’t change our personalities as such and we can’t change who we truly are but we can make minor changes to make our life more pleasurable. Obviously people who are mentally ill struggle with that, as I do too, and it’s difficult to determine whether we are flourishing or whether we are just merely surviving and moping along.
I think thriving comes with recovery. If you have high functioning mental health conditions then this is much different but as someone who struggles to just do simple tasks, it’s much harder to thrive. It’s possible for people to be mentally ill and successfully manage their symptoms and live satisfying lifes. But that’s not the point I’m getting at.
In my opinion, a key way to begin thriving is to reach out and speak up to whoever about your issues. It can be extremely difficult to reach out during your touch times and for someone who tends to be introverted, it may be even worse. I’m not saying everyone must become social butterflies to help yourself because you can simply reach out to a family member or someone you trust greatly. Making the concious effort to reach out to people on a regular basis could create a habit and it would slowly become second nature to reach out if you’re struggling. This is something I am desperately trying to do but I struggle to trust people, as I’ve said before.
Emotions are such a powerful force inside of us and they control bloody everything. You name it; what we eat, how we dress or who we hang out with. It’s all emotive. In order to thrive in this world, we need to be able to listen to our emotions and know where they are being excessive or irrational. It’s hard but it’s true.
Our emotions are just invested in surviving rather than engaging in a thriving life. The difference between surviving and flourishing is connected to our ability to listen to our deepest inner needs.
I hope this makes sense. I kinda just rambled and this formed some sort of post that I liked. Let me know if you agree at all!