Something I struggled with for the longest time was obsessing over the things I couldn’t change. Ever since I can remember I’ve been a helper, an influencer. If someone needed me for something I was there. When my friends were in trouble I was the one they called. If someone needed to talk I was the listening ear. My mom always told me, “Alexis, other people’s problems are not your responsibility,” but somehow I felt like they were. If I could do something to improve their current state why wouldn’t I?
However, this burden carries a heavy weight. Whenever I couldn’t help someone I obsessed over it. I did everything within my power, and would just keep trying. I would lose sleep, increase my anxiety, etc. It wasn’t until I met a situation where I truly could not help the person that I found myself realizing how much of a toll this was really taking on me. My every thought centered on just finding a way. It was tearing me apart. It was so important to me I began to lose sight of myself. This is easy to do with something or someone that really matters to you (a person, a thing, and/or a circumstance). You’re so wrapped up in emotion you forget you still matter as well. You don’t want to fail them, but sometimes even more so, you don’t want to fail yourself.
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