Dear Young MamaBear,
Our memories are often crowded with pain and grief but hopefully you will be able to let go of some past, painful experiences through this. You won't need to hide those parts of you any more because you can let them stay in the past while you continue to move forward. They will always be a little part of who you are, but you don't have to let them be in charge of you. You don't have to let the past hold onto you anymore.
Sometimes you need to look at the big picture to realize that you are going to be okay, or that you are at least a little more okay than you were 6 months ago. You are a work in progress. You always will be. You will never again be exactly who you are right now.
Every day you can move toward being you and being real and being loving and being loved. You can try every day to enjoy the little things in life- a call from a friend, a hug from a little one, a game with your children, an unexpected gift, a warm shower, an iced coffee! It’s all those little things that make up your life, so try to enjoy them as they happen.
If you have anger or other strong emotions that you're holding onto from your past, that can really hold you back from being who you want to be. Something that I've learned, when you feel that anger, or whatever emotion trying to take over you or attack someone else, stop for a second and take a breath and acknowledge that feeling. Acknowledge that you are feeling angry, or scared or whatever the feeling is, and then decide that yes I know this feeling and I am not going to let it control me. I can be in control of my emotions. I don't have to let this control my life. It’s hard, it’s an everyday choice. But it is possible.
Each day that you decide to really try to discover who you are and who you want to be, will be a day that you are moving toward you. Each day that you decide to open up to someone will be a day that you are growing. Each day that you try to overcome something that's been hurting your heart is a day that you are becoming stronger. One day you will look back and think, “I've overcome so much!”, “I've grown so much!”, “I am so much stronger and braver than I ever thought I could be”. I am me!
I hope you will continue to join me on this journey!
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