My name is Talasi Guerra, and I am a fearaholic. For those of you who know me, or have been following my blog, you know that Braver Than Before is the outlet through which I am processing the ups and downs of life on my journey to fully recover from anxiety and fear.
Fear has become such a deeply engrained part of my being that sometimes I feel it controls me completely. I’ve lived in fear pretty much my entire life, and unfortunately my brain has never learned to function on any other level. In fact, I think that all of the mental health battles I have faced in life—struggles with anxiety, depression, addictions, PTSD, obsessive compulsive thoughts, and an eating disorder—have, to some degree, been symptoms of my fear.
It’s been this way for thirty years, and it would be easy to think that I will live this way for the rest of my life. But even though the thought of overcoming my fears actually produces more fear in me, I still want to do it. I desperately want to eradicate fear from my life. For too long I have let my fears run rampant, controlling my every move. For too long I have procrastinated and put off initiating recovery. But not anymore. About a month and a half ago I decided that 2017 was going to be my year. I decided that I was going to do this, and it was going to start NOW.
It seems like there is always a reason to hesitate when it comes to recovery. Things come up every day that can hold us back from wholeheartedly chasing after the life we desire. Does this happen to you? Do you know, deep within your heart, that you are ready to pursue recovery, but something keeps holding you back?
If that’s you, my message to you today is this: Don’t Hesitate. Don’t wait any longer. Start pursuing recovery today! And to give you the little boost you need, here are five reasons why I think you should stop hesitating and take the plunge, just like I did.
1. You’re worth it.
Your life matters because there will never be another you. You have been uniquely created with a distinctive set of qualities that no one else on planet earth possesses. You might not feel like it right now, but you are absolutely worth going through the effort of recovery. Never underestimate your value, and don’t let your negative thoughts hold you back from taking your next step.
2. It won’t be any easier tomorrow.
Hesitation is not your friend. Maybe you walk through life thinking that somewhere along the line dealing with your junk will just magically get easier. Well, let me tell you something. That’s not going to happen. In fact, the longer you wait, the more your negative thoughts will become engrained in your brain and the harder it will be to reroute them. Today is the day for recovery. Don’t wait until tomorrow.
3. Abundant life is waiting for you.
Living in the midst of the battle is exhausting. Just getting yourself through a regular day is enough to leave you feeling completely drained. But is this the life you want? My guess is that the answer is no. And I’m here to tell you that there is a better life waiting on the other side of recovery. A life of freedom, hope, and abundance. Why wait any longer to start reaching for it?
4. Your story will encourage someone.
Do you believe that you have the potential to make an enormous impact on someone else’s life? I believe you do. People are drawn to stories of victory. It’s inspiring to watch someone overcome adversity and conquer great hardships. And that could be you! You have the ability to make a difference in someone else’s life, and it starts today. It starts with recovery.
5. You will be glad you did.
Recovery will always be hard, but it will always be worth it. In the end, when you look back on this battle from the other side, you will be glad you took the plunge. You will see all of the obstacles that you have conquered, and you will know that you are capable of anything you put your mind to!
So why wait? Why hesitate? Today is your day.