This thing, the human condition lets say, is a shared experience and opening up about my struggles often allows or encourages others to do the same. In this way, I believe we help one another to carry the burden, to understand we are not alone in our travails and that there is hope for better days.
Exposing oneself is not an easy thing to do but my experience has shown that being vulnerable in difficult times, opening up about the things that frighten me, gives an opportunity for others to be kind, show unwavering support, surprise me with the depth of their love or friendship and to remind me there is grace to be had, there are safe places to reside when the pain becomes too strong and even, occasionally, laughter still to be shared.
I am astounded by the cocoon of wellbeing I have found myself woven tightly within by people far and near, those known for years (even decades for some) and those only recently met.
To be filled with gratitude at a time when I thought I’d be terrified is a marvellous thing.