"I just want to be normal" said the boy with the desperate eyes. "Like everybody else!"
The man, standing opposite him, tall and imposing, laughed.
Then, seeing the look of confusion on the boys face, quickly became quite serious and his smile was replaced by an expression quite sombre.
He crouched down, meeting the boy at eye level, and placed a hand on his shoulder. "You really dont know, do you?" said the man, matching his little friends look of confusion.
"Nobody is normal"
We all have our demons, some of them have a far stronger grip on us than others.
And we forget after a while how long we've lived with them on our backs. Residing in the corners of our minds.
Lurking in the shadows of our deepest selves.
They control us- our fears, our hopes, our sense of self worth. They limit our lives and our happiness.
And they're scary. So scary, sometimes, that we dare not even acknowledge their very existence.
But making the decision to confront those demons is one of the most self-empowering things you'll ever do!
It starts with turning around and looking at that beast straight in the eyes.
Getting so close to it that you can feel its warm breath on your face.
It's about acknowledging its presence in your life and learning to live with it, not around it.
Owning it rather than letting it own you.
Once you do this, it no longer feels so scary out there. .
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Sometimes we're too close to something to see it for what it truely is.
We become so focused on the details of a problem that we forget to zoom-out and stand back and give ourselves some space to breath.
This is often the case when it comes to how we see ourselves and perceive our problems.
We become so focused on the issues we believe exist within us that we lose objectivity and forget or neglect to look around and consider that maybe the reasons why we feel the way we do is because of what's going on around us, and not because there's something 'wrong' with us.
Lifestyle pressures, family obligations, societal expectations- we are constantly made to feel there is something wrong with us if we don't conform to the social standards of looking/acting/being/thinking a certain way. And so we blame ourselves for not being able to meet these standards. Standards that are actually sometimes quite unhealthy.
Which then starts the cycle of shame, which becomes so internalised that we truely believe the problem is with Us.
That we are defected some how.
Well it's time to zoom-out...