Self esteem aka The lift others up blog

I used to believe that having someone who loves was the proof that validated you as a person. That love would fill the spaces and valleys in my soul and make me whole. But that simply isn’t true. Not for anyone and not for me. 

One of the hardest lessons I’ve ever had to learn in my life was learning to love myself. To KNOW that I’m worth it, that I deserve it in my life. That was hard to accept too, that I’m not the sum of my flaws. In fact, my flaws humanise me. My flaws allowed me to do discover my compassion. When I stopped thinking of only myself and my pain, when I stopped being afraid… Only then was I truely free. 

I try my best to be a great friend, brother, son, acquaintance and all of the above. I’ve dedicated my life to lifting up those I love, especially if they are surrounded by those who would hold them down. Especially so if that person is themselves. 

I have so much love to give. Not just romantically, but for my family, (that includes my father, despite our differences) my friends… Those whom I love. But even a stranger can be raised up by a simple act of kindness. 

The kindness of strangers has saved me.

The kindness of friends has saved me. 

I don’t mean to come across as someone preachy. I know how it feels. I used to fixated on the bad, focus on the past and all the wrongs that have been done to me…but I wasted so much time looking behind,that I missed out on what was in front of me. 

 The future. 

I couldn’t consider a future where I was. I couldn’t even cope with the days I was in. But as is always the case with me, I only find epiphanies after I do something stupid, or fail while trying too hard. 

I realised that it’s not about trying to convince other people that I’m worth loving, that I’m worth a damn…because how can I make someone else believe if I didn’t believe it. I’m not broken because someone doesn’t love me. I’m not any less of a man if I try and fail to win someone’s heart. 

Because I am me. I am worth it. I’m caring and weird and excitable. I’m spontaneous and romantic and a total drama queen. I am not at all perfect. But that’s okay. 

I care strongly for those whom I love. I would die for them… It’s the quality of the people whom I love that is a reflection on who I am as a person, for everyday I am inspired by them. I am inspired to grow as a person by the one I love. And it doesn’t matter if she loves me back. Of course I’d love it if she did, but it’s not game over if she doesn’t. For my life was made so much richer because I was fortunate enough to have her in it. 

My friends and family mean the world top me. I wouldn’t be alive if it wasn’t for them. 

So I suppose the lesson is simple. Lift up those around you,and don’t be afraid to love with reckless abandon. For its when we love that we are truely alive. Love itself is our greatest gift we can give another and so many people take it for granted. It is small and fragile, but it is the most important thing we can possess. To have another love us IS validation. But we have to be worthy of that love. And the first person you have to love before you can even love another is yourself. 

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Cloud Nine aka The Enjoy It While It Lasts Blog

Hey guys,

As someone who has BPD emotions can dominate many facets of my life. I often find it’s easier to get swept up in the negative emotions. At times feelings like sadness and loneliness can be overwhelming. I’ve spent many nights crying away deciding to focus entirely on the negatives, sad music only making things worse. It feels like the more miserable I feel the more cathartic the entire experience is. We all do it. But the question is “Why do we do it?” Could the answer be something as simple as “It makes me feel alive” or are human beings wired to conform to the negative side of things? We obsess about the things we don’t have, fixate on what is “missing”

But it’s occurred to me that people with mental health issues do not take the time to celebrate the positives of the emotional spectrum. Continue reading

A letter to my 18 year old self

Hey guys,

I found an awesome blog, found at http://hereismars.wordpress.com/ and it inspired me to do something myself. Check it out, it’s really great.

So yeah, here goes. Continue reading

Scars – A Beginning

Hey guys,

I’ve been writing some memoirs for my Non Fiction classes, and I’ve been delving into my childhood with some detail. It really got me emotional and got me thinking about the power of scars. And how they always stick with you. I’ve written a lot over the years about all this.

Now I’m going to go into some very personal things here, so if you don’t want to know then close this thing right now. I completely understand if you do. There will be no offence taken, trust me.

I have no idea how much I’m going to write, so it could be a long one. You have been warned.

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Today I give thanks for —

A god of my understanding.
A universe that bends towards love no matter how much evil pushes back.
A sober being.
My talent.
My friends.
My health.
All the people who tolerate my plethora of defects.
My enemies for keeping my edge sharp.
My disdain for injustice.
My love of the absurd.
Windows.
The music I hear.

Make a gratitude list, share it with someone you love. Or better yet, someone you fucking hate.

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The Birthday Blog aka Reflections on another year gone by.

Hey all,

Well another year in my life has gone by, and I’m not 33 years old. It’s been a year of significant changes for me. I’ve loved and lost, made some awesome friends, delved deeply my own psyche and more importantly, made some real progress in understanding both myself and my place in the world, and in my recovery from holding onto all the events that made me who I am today.  Continue reading

Living with Hypersexuality and Ranting

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Well today I’m going to go into what it’s like living with hypersexuality. This is going to get a little into the “too much information” category, and you have been warned.  Continue reading

Ten Day YOU Challenge – #8 – Three Movies

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Since I’m suffering from a terrible migraine today, the act of WATCHING a movie is impossible, so I’ve been trying to think about just three movies to list, and why. How can I choose just three? It’s insane, because I love movies. So I either throw out just a simple list (its much easier to not have to think so much with this damn headache) or actually take some time and put out a list that has some real meaning. Honestly, I hate churning something out, and things are so much more rewarding when I put some feeling into it.

So here goes nothing. Continue reading

One More Day…

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Things have come to a head, and after numerous surgeries and resuscitation, I’ve finally reached a level where I can accept the inevitable. He’s going to pass away, and nothing I say or do will change that. So the big problem I had was… What right have I got to keep him going when he’s obviously ready to leave? I’d love more than anything for a little more time together. I’d only touched the surface of what I wanted to say, but as always it seems like I’ve run out of time. Continue reading

Ten Day YOU Challenge – #4 – Seven Wants

Hey all…

Just a quick update, then onto the list. One of my housemates is bonkers, he’s out the front right now ranting and raving to himself. I’m genuinely scared of him now. It’s funny the things that don’t seem so important when you’re off your face. But now in my life without inebriation, that I find my comfort levels are dropping everyday. I have to sneak about just to feel comfortable even having a cigarette. Apparently the landlord is kicking him out soon, but it can’t happen soon enough. I hate feeling like a prisoner in my room.

Well enough of that annoying depresso crap, on to my next list. Seven Wants. I haven’t really thought  about this too much, so it should prove interesting. Here Goes! Continue reading