Remember that Life Call commercial with the elderly woman laying next to a bathtub with her walker laying on top of her? The infamous “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” commercial. People made jokes and even parodies about that commercial for years. It was kinda funny. But it was serious business.
I always think about that one line in the commercial that made it so famous whenever I’m down. “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” often describes how many of us may feel when something gets us down. It can be anything from bills piling up to the loss of a loved one to a bad decision. Whatever it may be at the time, it makes you feel helpless. Helpless to the point where you think there’s no way out.
People often turn to drastic measures from lashing out at the wrong person to running away to violence. It’s even harder to deal with if you don’t actually realize there’s a problem. You’re acting out and don’t even realize it.
But if you fall and you feel like you can’t get up here’s a newsflash: you can and you will! Most setbacks are just that. Yes, it’s unfortunate that you’ve regressed a little bit (or a lot) but that doesn’t mean you can’t move forward.
You feel like you can’t and you have no one, but chances are there are others who’ve suffered similar setbacks or at least have ideas on how to get you out of your rut. And when I say ‘others’ I don’t mean random people in the ether, I mean people right up under you. Your parents, your kids, you sister, brother, co-worker, friend…somebody can relate and probably help.
We often feel like we’re the only ones suffering and no one else can relate or help or care. But you’re not the only one. I don’t say that to say get over it. I say that to say you can find support all around you.
You will get through it. It may not feel like it, but you will. Think of the small things that make you happy. Think of what you’re working towards. Think of the bigger picture. In the grand scheme of things this setback is minor.
Remember, you don’t have to go through anything alone. You can find support. You can find something to cheer you up. And if you can’t I’m always here for you. I’m serious.
Until next time, cheers to a better you.
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