Lately, I’ve had a lot on my plate. A lot of changes in my life and a lot of different emotions. It’s been a lot to process.
So I decided to try something.
I went and saw a counselor (or therapist).
In my family, you put on your big girl pants and deal with it. Not this time. This time I needed to talk to a professional. I needed to talk to a person who truly had my best interests in mind.
It went okay, not bad, not great. But what really got me was when I told a family member that I was going, that person rolled their eyes at me.
Can you believe that?!?! No support, no words really. It was like they thought I was being over dramatic about it.
I was bothered for a little bit, but then realized it didn’t matter what that person thought. I was going FOR ME and no one else.
That got me thinking… We all deal with things differently. Some pray, some meditate, some talk to someone, some drink, etc. Whatever your processing outlet is (hopefully it’s a positive one), the point is that you are processing. You are dealing with it. You are acknowledging it and you are working on it.
Going to talk to counselor is something some people don’t talk about. But why? Why are people so ashamed or embarrassed about themselves or others dealing with life? At least I’m being honest with myself.
Now, if you see a counselor or therapist and are not comfortable sharing that with people, that is your right! But know, you shouldn’t be ashamed. Be proud! Be proud that you have the balls to admit you might need help.
It’s unfortunate that some people are afraid of what others might think of them, but it’s even more unfortunate that other people judge us for it.
For any of you out there who are thinking about seeing a counselor or are seeing a counselor, know you’re not alone. There are hundreds of us who see a professional, some of us more open about it than others. There is nothing wrong with you.
You are exactly where you should be.