Good morning! Hope you had a great weekend, and I hope this week brings everything you deserve. This rant is for all of you who are faced with some level of mental duress. Some level of thought, emotion or mere existence that causes you to get caught up “in your own head”. First off, I’m sorry that you feel that way, it’s terrible to feel a cacophony in your brain and not be able to separate the noises from one another. To feel lost or confused dealing with an issue that seemingly only you can handle. And to all of you I say this: You are not alone! You don’t HAVE to be alone! Talk to someone. Talk to someone that you know cares. And maybe it’s that person causing some of the haze that has fallen over your ability to logically deduce your own opinions, desires and wants. But speak to them! Let them know. Particularly if you love them and you know they love you. It’s hard. I know it. No one likes feeling like a situation, or a thought, or an emotion is out of their control. Or that they can’t wrap their head around it. It’s truly difficult and I’m sorry for you. And I’m sure that you could keep it bottled up and deal with it yourself. You’re strong, I’m sure you have that ability. But why?! Why face the sounds of an echoing seemingly empty barren plane of existence when you could fill that void with your thoughts/opinions coupled with an ear to listen to them and give you love, support and advice where requested?? I don’t know what your exact thoughts are that have you feeling that way, and truly, it’s not as important to me as the fact that YOU’RE FEELING THAT WAY! It hurts me to see you feeling like that. It hurts me worse when you try and take the burden on yourself. You are loved and those people that love you will support you, through thick and thin. Don’t get too caught up in your own head, in your own situation, in your own monsoon of emotions to forget that the people around you love you and are there for you. And if you truly feel as though you have no one, write to me, call me. I hate seeing people feeling like this. You don’t deserve it, and often times, you just need an ear to listen, to vent to, to yell at, unbiased and unjudgementally (Think I made that word up, but I like it.) Don’t just run from your problems, feelings or situations. Lean on those around you that choose to be there for you to lean on. You’re better than just running away. You never know the damage you cause when you just leave and try to shoulder it on yourself. You’re more loved than to have to handle it on your own. And when you can, be that person for someone else that needs it. We’re all people living in the same community, experiencing similar situations, emotions and issues. Be there for others, I promise it will come back around to you. And if you haven’t had a chance yet, please take a look in the mirror. Really look at yourself, and remind that beautiful woman looking back at you that she’s simply amazing. And as always; Much love, Smile On.