Isn’t it cool how many lessons we can learn from movies our kids watch?  I will often hear a song or a quote and think, I need to write about this.

“Show yourself, I’m dying to meet you.”- Elsa, Show Yourself, Frozen 2

Have you ever been afraid to be yourself?  I used to not want to tell people that I liked reading because I thought they would think I was just a weirdo who stays home all day.  But when I started telling people I liked reading I learned a lot of other people liked reading, too.  It is cool to be able to give each other book suggestions and talk about the books we like.

I also used to be afraid to share my faith because I was worried people would think I’m weird.  I mean I am a little weird but I’m okay with that.  And I’m also worried to tell people I’m a Christian because I’m not perfect and I don’t want people to think I’m hypocrite. I have gone through many struggles and God has helped me through them all including my struggles with my faith.  I believe my faith in God has helped me with my desire to help others.  I want to help everyone I can because I believe that’s what God has called me to do.

I used to be afraid to tell people I struggle with depression and anxiety because I was afraid of being judged.  I still feel uncomfortable telling people about the OCD because it is not the stereotypical “cleaning disorder” everyone thinks of.  I don’t like talking about intrusive thoughts because I don’t want to share what mine are.  I am very afraid of being judged.  And I possibly could be judged because intrusive thoughts are still extremely misunderstood.  Intrusive thoughts are thoughts that come into your brain that you don’t want and you don’t choose.  Intrusive thoughts don’t make you a bad person.  Struggling with your mental health doesn’t make you a bad person.  It is no different than struggling with any other chronic illness.

I know I’m not the only one who has been afraid to be myself.  I definitely care too much what people think of me.  I believe we can continually better ourselves but we don’t need to change our personalities.  I’m kind and loving, and also a little awkward sometimes.  Don’t be afraid to share who you are.  If you share something you are struggling with you will most likely find out you are not the only one.  If you share something you like to do you can find people who have similar interests.  Don’t be afraid to be yourself.

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”- Oscar Wilde

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Christian. Wife. Mom. I just want to share my journey of motherhood and let struggling moms know they're not alone. I enjoy reading, playing board games, spending time with friends and family, and volunteering in the community.

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