Why do we think we have to go it alone? Gut out our losses with no support? Suffer troubles without reaching out or sharing?
For some reason, we’ve become a culture that thinks asking or looking for support is weak. Why is that weak?
Connection is a key human need.
Denying that need is false bravado.
While I consider myself a strong person, having survived a brain tumor and two surgeries from it, an attempted rape and murder attack at knifepoint, a broken neck and a loss of a child by suicide, I have learned it’s ridiculous to go it alone.
I cry. I reach out for help. It’s because I do this that I find strength and the ability to move forward. Denying yourself that is inhumane and unhealthy. Modeling that behavior hurts our children and families.
We worry we are a burden when in fact our friends want to help.
When we don’t give someone a chance to do that, we are cheating our loved ones and friends the opportunity to be there for us.