As some of you had already read on my Instagram stories last week, I was struggling with the idea of trying to make sales and posting on social media, while the people of Ukraine are fighting for their country and their lives. It seems so inappropriate to "continue with life as usual" when there are larger issues at hand, but this is also my livelihood and my family's income.
This inner conflict is occurring more and more often, becoming more and more familiar, with everything that has been and is happening in the world. What is the "correct" response?
There isn't just one right answer.
Because we are all unique, with different backgrounds, circumstances and experiences.
I think for the time being, I have found my own answer in this quote that Jocelyn (IG: @jocelynmarieplans) shared:
You have to read every line, meet every character.
You won’t enjoy all of it.
Hell, some chapters will make you cry for weeks.
You will read things you don’t want to read,
you will have moments when you don’t want the pages to end.
But you have to keep going.
Stories keep the world revolving.
Live yours, don’t miss out."
At the end of it all, it is just to LIVE. It is MY duty to live MY life as best as I can, as thoughtfully, responsibly and compassionately as I can.
There are so many contradictions that we see and even face within ourselves, in small ways and big ways. And sometimes, we stay rooted in a spot because we are paralyzed by confusion, heartache and fear. I hope that this month's freebies will give you a chance to think about some of the contradictions in your life, whatever they may be, and be able to accept them and embrace some of the ambiguities, even the different versions of you.
Keep going. Keep living YOUR story. Despite of. Because of.