Have you ever been so lucky to have a person enter your life and change your entire outlook? When you’ve hit a very dark place, you’re not quite sure what steps you need to take to jump back on the road to recovery..?
2017 was a year of many challenges, but one shining light changed my whole perspective on the way I see myself, and value myself as a mother. You see, sometimes it just takes those random acts of kindness to feel like you’re achieving great things, not just physically but mentally too.
Our family was lucky enough to have a shining light volunteer once a week for a few hours. Initially I was sceptical due to my personal boundaries, anxiety of stepping outside my comfort zone and accepting someone new into my life.. we bit the bullet and did it anyway, because honestly, I needed some help. Having a newborn, a toddler, studying business management and whilst hubby is MIA and working long days was tough, not afraid to admit that now. Our initial visit taught me that this volunteer was going to be so much more than I could’ve ever expected, sure she was there to help with the kids, but truth be told, she helped so much more with “me” than she’ll ever know…
Our shining light is the most wonderful, caring, thoughtful, positive person I’ve ever met. She has dedicated so much of her “spare” time (she’s always busy) to helping those in need.
She is the type of person that no matter how busy she is, she’ll always make time for someone else. She’d always drop in and check up on us whenever Hubby was away (get cross when I’d leave the front door unlocked). She would encourage us to get out of the house, our ritual was morning tea and a library visit for some toddler time. She would even bring me encouraging quotes, cards, orchids from her garden and chocolates because she knows how much I loved those.. our shining light taught me many things about myself, and most importantly she showed me who I want to be as a person. It is so important to speak to someone, if you’re ever feeling down, or don’t like leaving the house because those four walls are your comfort zone I encourage you to seek help and find your shining light. Or better yet, be that shining light for someone else, I certainly know I’ll be returning the favour..
Our weekly visits turned out to be some of the happiest memories I’ll ever have of our time in Sydney – and for that I am forever thankful. Our shining light has helped shape me to be a better version of myself, there’s always room for improvement but we’re back on the road to recovery.
Moral of the story, don’t suffer in silence, let someone help you, and help others around you.. you never know what someone else is going through.