Food for thought

Helping myself by helping others.

So many well-meaning friends keep nagging me about doing too much, I agree that I do burn the candle at both ends – and in the middle! However remaining idle isn’t an option. I enjoy being a multi-faceted volunteer.

Today I ran a ‘Time to Talk’ session, helping fight mental health stigma. During conversations with attendees, over and over the problem of apathy was brought up. If I allowed myself to stagnate, my passion for life would deteriorate, without question.

Keeping busy in my various roles, helps me feel alive. Sure,it causes me untold pain and exhaustion but it’s a small price to pay. Seeing the difference that me – little old me- can make is exhilarating. I love my life & refuse to allow room for self- pity or sorrow to creep in.

Keeping our minds active has a very underrated effect on our wellbeing, both physical and emotional. Life is now sedentary for a lot of people with evenings glued to the television, where is the mental stimulation?

Ok so I might take it to extremes, but it works for me. Everyone needs to find the right level for themselves, everyone is different, unique. The important thing is for everyone to find something that helps to enrich their lives and keeps them interested.( and no, supping beer or wine isn’t what I meant!)

For me that is helping others – and I wouldn’t change it for anything.
Don’t knock it until you try it!


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