In the last couple of months I’ve seen my friends post this on their Facebook status:

Did you know the people that are the strongest are usually the most sensitive? Did you know the people who exhibit the most kindness are the first to get mistreated? Did you know the one who takes care of others all the time are usually the ones who need it the most? Did you know the 3 hardest things to say are I love you, I’m sorry, and Help me. Sometimes just because a person looks happy, you have to look past their smile and see how much pain they may be in. To all my friends who are going through some issues right now–Let’s start an intention avalanche. We all need positive intentions right now. If I don’t see your name, I’ll understand. May I ask my friends wherever you might be, to kindly copy and paste this status for one hour to give a moment of support to all those who have family problems, health struggles, job issues, worries of any kind and just need to know that someone cares. Do it for all of us, for nobody is immune. I hope to see this on the walls of all my friends just for moral support. I know some will!! I did it for a friend and you can too.

This really got me thinking about people who are going through a tough time and you don’t even know it.  Maybe their grandmother is ill, are going through a tough breakup, simply having a bad hair day or contemplating suicide because all those things add up and nothing seems to get better.

When I started my workouts I was very unhappy with myself.  I was ashamed of how I looked, what I was eating, lack of exercise and motivation.  The hardest thing I did was reach out for help.  I didn’t want to admit I felt bad about myself but by telling someone I wanted to change brought me to where I am today.

More recently I haven’t been feeling like my smilely, motivated and outgoing self.  I’ve lost the motivation to do positive things for me because it’s so much easier to do nothing.  So, I reached out for help.

Asking for help is one of the most hardest things I’ve ever done because I always wanted to be the strong one.  I wanted to be the one to care for others but I’m learning that it’s ok to be cared for.  It’s ok to cry but I also need to take action.

I’ve got two 5K’s coming up which I am totally unprepared for but since when am I Usain Bolt?!  I also royally f@#ked up my pinkie toe on 4th of July because a chair got in the way and then a few days later rolled on the outide of the same foot.  My health insurance doesn’t kick in ’til Sept. 1 so I’m limping around the office like a bird with an injured wing.

But, who cares!? I’m still going to do these runs with or without the pain because I committed to it and I’m going to finish it dammit!

More importantly, check up on your friends and see how they’re doing.  Be kind to those who are driving slow in the fast lane because maybe they’re mourning the loss of a loved one and are totally oblivious.  Don’t judge people without being in their shoes because some day that will be you.

I want to know if you’ve bee through a rough patch in your life and you asked for help.  What happened when you did?

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