Let Us Be Kinder

Mental health is something that you hear about a lot lately, and yet there is still a stigma surrounding it. It's really a pity because if we were more open about it I think we could really help ourselves and save lives. People should not have to suffer in silence unsure of who they can reach out to. 

No one should have to wonder whether they have worth or consider they're garbage, able to be discarded and thrown away. Each of us has a worth and place in this world, and the world can be an unkind place. We need to be kinder to one another. Reach out more. Talk and talk more openly about all our demons, and help one another where and when we can.

Life is hard, it doesn't mean our relationships should be extra hard to keep because maintaining relationships can be difficult as is. Add on that feeling that you cannot talk about your issues openly with those whom you care about the most, and it makes it rather unbearable. 

I never knew how deeply my uncle was suffering until he took his own life. It was his death that made me realize that I didn't really want to die, but I just wanted all the pain and rage inside of me to die. I didn't know how to get rid of it. Sometimes it still rears its ugly head in me. 

But I know I am more than my pain, and I am lucky to have people who I know care about me no matter what. Not everyone is so lucky. 

We need to break down barriers rather than put up walls. It's not easy for me to be vulnerable and open about my pain especially considering how many people have exploited my kindness in the past, considering it weakness, but I feel like it is more important to talk about my pain if it should save another life.

I hope that I can help change the world with kindness, compassion, hope, and dreams. 

Sometimes I still struggle with my mental health, but I will go take a walk; watch some anime, step away from situations or people that are upsetting me until I can face them again, listen to some music, do some kick-boxing, go swimming, people watch, do some writing in my notebook outside, take nature walks, or read and I find that I feel recharged and happier.

Sometimes we have to unplug from technology and take some self-care whether it be taking time to make art, taking a shower, eating that piece of cake you've been waiting to share for a special occasion. 

Living can be bittersweet, but we should be able to have some sweet moments to remember in our darkest moments. We need to have some reason to hope, to believe, to dream. So I feel we all should try to be kinder to one another. 

Yes, there will always be difficult people, but that doesn't mean we let the world change us; it means we work harder to change the world into a better place for everyone.

Because I know what it is to struggle and to be alone, I never want anyone to feel the same way that I have and sometimes still do. Because my uncle knew no release from his pain except death, I want no other family to go through the heartbreak mine did.

Find the people in your tribe and never ever let them go. Tell you that you love them every chance you go and hold them close. You never know how much one compliment or kind remark can have on another soul. Especially one that has been suffering in silence.

Meadville, PA. Linda M. Crate's writings have been published in numerous journals both online and in print in numerous anthologies, magazines, and journals. You can purchase her latest collection of poetry at the following link: https://www.claresongbirdspub.com/shop/featured-authors/linda-crate/?fbclid=IwAR2i8U2pfYgE7UL-1mAkH6_b4SHQkYOWPMACvQr4MFl9SwlVjkP2QLqcJT4

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