Life happens to us all. If you're going through something right now, just know, this too shall pass.
The event that derailed me in life was being in a toxic relationship that I did not know about at the time, getting married, then letting life situation take its course, getting a divorce, getting fired from work, and hitting depression. That’s a short and sweet recap of a life event that actually put be me back on track to doing great in life!
Of course, at the time, I did not know what my journey entailed as I was so accustomed to living in a toxic environment, but something within me (call it intuition) told me to have faith.
So here are 3 tips I used to help me recover without focusing on the darkness.
Everything happens for a reason.
Remind yourself that you deserve more and are willing to fight for it!
I had faith that everything happened for a reason, and though I had depression and was on the verge of taking my life a few times, I reminded myself that I deserve more. I did not want to disappoint my family, and since my old life was pretty much over anyway, my only other option was to go up.
I had two options: take my own life or follow my dreams. I can die anytime, but a chance at following my dreams comes once in a lifetime, so I pursued the second option. The time was now.
With that, I lost 100 pounds and followed my life-long passion for acting. I began taking acting classes, which helped get me out of depression, helped me with my self-esteem and confidence. I pursued acting full-time and began booking work. Since then, I have appeared in theater plays, commercials, short and feature films, began modeling and screenwriting.
I could have dwelled on the past, but I am grateful that I did not. I am grateful that I had faith, knowing that everything happens for a reason and that there was a light at the end of the tunnel, even if I could not see it at the time.
Here I am now sharing this story with you! There are challenging work days but I remind myself I would not have experienced any of it had I went with the first option. My old life is dead, metaphorically speaking. This is my second chance at life, at living and I seek to make the best of it.
I hope you find what you are seeking as well. Have faith. Everything happens for a reason. Find your worth and fight for it!
Wishing you the best because you deserve the best.
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