Today was the same as every day.
I take my medicine knowing it’s going to be a very long day.
I close my eyes and search for peace.
I’ve got this, for I am a Storm Chaser.
So I exit my quiet space and enter into the world, waiting to see what today holds.
Unfortunately, this time of the year holds the same for far too many people.
Anger, bitterness, anxiety, and depression.
The holidays are hard for more than you know.
We all of loved ones that our heart aches for as we realize the new memories they’re missing on, forgetting that they’re with us the whole time.
Some don’t fully comprehend their worth, and they feel that this is the loneliest time humanly possible for them and it causes them to feel empty and cold.
Some stress of getting that perfect gift for everyone.
Some stress, because the ends refuse to ever meet!
Some have battles that we will never truly understand.
My own battle is two-fold.
From the second I leave my quiet space, I am consumed by those around me.
The anger, bitterness, anxiety, and depression is like hard, skeletal, long, and black fingers that clutch all over my body to hold me down until I am consumed by darkness.
I am like a football player, dodging and weaving to get to the end of the field.
This for me usually entails the finish of the day.
But every football player gets tackled. No matter how hard they train or what skills they use to try to escape and reach the destiny of peace.
When there’s no quiet space to escape to, I do my best to escape in my own mind.
I close my eyes, take a deep breath, and mentally re-lace my shoes.
For I am a Storm Chaser. And even in my weakest of times, I am still needed.
I smile once more, enter the trenches, and see who I can make laugh at me even for just one second.
This world is not a bad place. And there are still plenty of good people left in it.
Some just lose sight of it during this time despite their best efforts.
Some don’t realize they are angry, let alone how they are spreading it to others.
But our actions affect everyone around us.
Even a simple smile can save a life.
So I challenge myself to do better.
To make as many people smile before the sun rises again.
Don’t get me wrong, I have to take a lot of naps because it is exhausting keeping those hard, skeletal, long, and black fingers from clutching all over my body all day.
I do not always make it to the end of the field successfully.
Some days, I can’t stop getting tackled from the second I leave my quiet place.
But it’s important to remember that you have more tricks up your sleeve than you know!
And your beautiful smile is just one of them.
So help me remind the world just how amazing they are.
For we are Storm Chasers, and we were destined to be more.
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