“Take a risk; be brave,” it’s a phrase that you hear from time to time. It’s often
related to entrepreneurs or anyone really contemplating taking on a big risk. But
sometimes being brave also means admitting defeat. Sometimes it means admitting to others that you’re not as strong (mentally, physically, emotionally, etc) as you portray yourself to be. Sometimes it means admitting to the world that you’re not okay.
Oftentimes when you admit to others that you’re not okay, they immediately tell you
to “shrug it off” and to keep it moving. But what they don’t realize is that they’re
telling you that it’s actually not okay to not be okay. Hearing that makes you feel like
there’s something wrong with you, that you’re just a little too strange but really,
you’re just human.
It’s times like those that prove that mental health and its stigma still have a long way to go. However, we do have those ‘brave’ individuals who take the time to mention their mental health and acknowledge that they’re going through something. It opens up dialogues, discussions, and awareness. It’s those brave individuals who prove that if we admit what we’re going through, we’re not alone. We have people who sympathize, empathize and are there for us.
Being brave isn’t just for those who fight in the face of danger. Being brave is for
everyone who is ready to openly admit what they’re going through. So to this I
encourage you and even myself to be brave, take that risk, and know that it’s okay to not be okay sometimes.