The other day I was having one of those days when my anxiety starts to tell me all sorts of lies.
You know the ones, the lies where my own brain starts to tell me that life isn’t worth it, that none of this matters, that no one actually needs me around. The lies that say there’s never gonna be a better day, that the anxiety is never going to go away.
Then I got a text from my sister. Every night for a few years now we’ text each other one thing we’re grateful for. She said “I’m grateful for you.”
It was simple. It’s something we often say, especially on days when we FaceTime each other, but this time it hit me hard.
I am needed. I am loved. I do need to be here.
Life is hard. So so hard. With God, life is good, but still hard.
Sometimes we fall into the trap of thinking that we aren’t wanted or needed or that we don’t matter.
But we do matter.
You matter. Your voice matters. Your story matters. Your art matters. Stay. Go create things. Go be you, because the world needs it ❤️
In that same thought, have you told the people in your life that you’re grateful for that you appreciate them? That you need them? This is your daily reminder to check in on your friends and family. Because not everyone is fine, and sometimes they need that reminder.
As someone who struggles a lot with anxiety and sometimes these scary thoughts, I’m not always good at reaching out to people when I need it. Sometimes I need them to reach out to me. And when I’m in a good place, I try to be that person, the one who reaches out because I know how much they need it.
We all matter because we are God’s. Not because of how many followers we have or because of the things that we accomplish. You matter because you are literally a child of God. He loves you. I love you. You matter.
If you or someone you know is struggling with a mental illness, reach out, get the help you need. The suicide help number is 1-800-273-8255 and the Crisis line (for any crisis) you can text CONNECT to 741741 to get immediate support. <3