Was listening to Tim Ferriss’ podcast with Esther Perel this morning, and was struck by her learnings from Holocaust survivors – there being two groups: those who did not die, and those who embraced life.
The first group was fearful, had survivor’s guilt, and worried about what tomorrow would bring, and therefore were very guarded about everything.
The second group was also worried about what tomorrow would bring, and so they’ve decided to celebrate love, have families, and live voraciously.
I don’t know many who do, except a dear friend who has survived cancer and savours every magical moment that life gives him.
Especially in the current climate, there are some of us who live in prisons within our own mind – one that traps us in fear, anxiety, doubt, worry and stress, and it feels inconceivable that we might laugh freely, without a care on our shoulders.
Living voraciously feels like a goal that’s beyond reach.
Perhaps we should just focus on the first step:
Being ok with not being ok right now.
And reaching out to someone who will listen without judgement.
You can always call Samaritans freephone at 116 123 any time, 24×7.
You aren’t alone.