As we slide into the first week of Mental Health Month, it feels just right to remind ourselves of a simple idea: it is okay to have a rough day. I promise you that we all have bad days, weeks, and even months at times. As someone who has lived with depression and anxiety throughout my life, having a bad day can strike panic in me. One hard day could trick me into thinking that there are a lifetime of low moods on the horizon, when in reality, it could just be a rough day. One of the most effective ways to release myself from that panic is to remember that feeling up and down and somewhere in the middle are all a beautiful part of this messy human experience.
It is important to remember that without days filled with sadness or anxiety, we would not appreciate the days filled with joy and laughter. It is important to remember that our experiences, moods, and labels do not define us. It is important to remember that we are all doing the very best we can and sometimes we have to figure it out as we go.
This is the purpose of our lives; at least, that is my best guess. If we were born knowing and understanding everything, what would motivate and inspire us? If we have the chance to continue to grow and change and evolve and level up, why not celebrate the hard days, as those moments are likely bringing the most potent learning?
When we embrace the full human experience, including the less than picture perfect moments, we allow our sparkle to shine brighter. The contrast between it all adds dimension to our sparkle. Each and every day of our lives will be different. Our days will include moments of learning, moments of pain, and hopefully many moments of sparkle. If you are having a bad day, it is okay, you are allowed. You are not broken. In fact, your hard day just might be setting you up for more sparkle down the road.