Sometimes we are faced with challenges. These challenges in life may bring us to our knees. It may feel like the situation will break us and if we cry, then we've lost. The truth is, it's okay to not be okay. It's okay to cry. Crying does not mean you've failed. Crying means that you are releasing the energy in your body that needs to escape in order for newness to come, all while clearing out those old dusty cobwebs of emotions and being free. Crying is a healthy release. Crying allows us to feel. Masking pain or discomfort is an unhealthy practice.
I write this today because I cried yesterday. I cried a lot. Not everyday is a skip and a hop in the poppy fields. Sometimes I step in mud and become upset because the mud hole hurt. My grandmother used to tell me, "Pigs wallow in the mud. Pick yourself up and clean yourself off, girl." She did not discourage the act of falling in the mud, but instead made a point to not stay there. Thus, as I encountered some challenges yesterday, I cried. I shed what felt like gallons of tears. Yesterday, I felt embarrassed for crying about the situation I was dealing with. However, a peace came over me late last night. I said to myself, "Sis, it's okay to not be okay." Today, I looked in the mirror as I was getting dressed for the day, I stopped and smiled. I could smile today because I cried yesterday. I made it through.