Cheesy quote of the day, but it’s true.
(Long caption ahead, sorry! )
I’ve struggled with depression for most of my life, the ups and downs are exhausting. Not knowing why you feel so sad is maddening, everything can be going right in your life but things just don’t fall into place in your head and you have this mindset that you just can’t shake.
Dealing with depression is hard, but I have coping mechanisms that I learned over the years to keep myself in a relatively good place. Does that mean I don’t fall back sometimes? No. Not at all. I have my bad days, but I’m learning not to get lost in them and I’m honestly really proud of myself for that because that’s a huge accomplishment in my book.
I’d categorize myself as a very empathetic person, seeing someone upset really hurts. Maybe that’s because I know what it feels like to be in a super low point in life, maybe not. But one thing that I do know is that the words of others can really influence how you feel at certain times in your life. Negative words spoken can really hurt, but even the smallest positives can brighten your whole day (or even your entire week).
I, personally, feel an inner sense of duty to brighten someone’s day. I try to greet everyone I encounter with a smile, I give out random compliments, and overall just try to make people feel welcome in this big scary world and that’s something that I hope to pass on to my daughter.
I’ve had some amazing encounters with incredible people that only exist because I simply smiled, I’ve cried with strangers, I’ve hugged strangers and I’ve made friends in the most unconventional places.
You never know the battles someone is facing, so please do your best to brighten someone’s day- if you like their shoes, say it. If their hair looks awesome, let them know. If you spread even a tiny bit of kindness, the world will be a more beautiful place.