Michelle Obama

Shared by Karen Krawczyk

Michelle Obama

“ You should never view your challenges as a disadvantage. Instead its important to understand that your experience facing and overcoming adversity is actually one of your biggest advantages”

In this week of mental health awareness this quote speaks to me.

Its also perhaps akin to the saying “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”

We may not see that our challenges are an advantage, but the regrowth, the greater understanding of ourselves, the greater compassion and care for ourselves gives us improved resilience or bounce back ability.

Whatever challenge you have faced it takes courage to admit you need help, it takes courage to receive help, to adjust your thinking, to carry on.

Having experienced depression and anxiety a few times in my life , that first step of acknowledging there was something I needed help with, opening up to others to find out I was not alone was a big step. Overcoming the idea that I was weak and of feeling scared and ashamed, I found there was positives to be found. Greater compassion and empathy for others, an appreciation of what can help you get better and sharing those tips with others as well as bringing more of those strategies into my daily life.

The courage to express vulnerability is a huge strength and allows others to express their vulnerability which gives us deeper connections.

We are all a work in progress and these hard times, of reflection, sadness, I would not wish to exclude from my life. It has allowed me not to be fearful of difficult topics and conversations, it has allowed me to be more in tune and understand and state what I need to keep myself well.

Can you write a story about your life with you as the hero/ heroine overcoming your challenges and noting and celebrating the advantages?


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