Everyone wants to be a winner.
Everyone wants to feel accomplished.
Everyone wants to be successful.
However, no one is perfect. You have days where you feel like you can conquer the world! You have your days where it almost feels impossible to get out of bed and start your day. But, on those days, do you tend to put a mask on and pretend that everything is okay?
No one likes to be vulnerable, because they think it's "weak." Let me tell you something:
YOU ARE NOT WEAK.
From an athlete's perspective, no one likes to be told they can't compete because of an injury or other circumstances. So, if we feel a little extra sore one day, we tend to just suck it up and deal with it. I can definitely say I am someone who tends to do this. However, it's really not the best approach. When you think about it, you could end up feeling worse and then jeopardizing your athletic season, or even career! It could have been easily avoidable if you just said something to your coach, athletic trainer, or whoever you talk to.
Now, let's add another relatable situation: out in the working world, for those who work full-time (or even part-time), it is not very often that someone takes a day off. Besides the very serious cases such as a death in the family, vacation, illness, etc., not even a little cold will stop someone from going to work. Why? Because they need to make the money to support their family, pay off bills, and any other reason. While it's great you're making the money you need, you aren't taking care of yourself by giving your body the proper time to rest.
How can you be expected to perform at your best when you aren't feeling your best? Sure, you could push through, but that's exhausting!
My point is, whatever it is you are struggling with, whether it's physical or emotional, it's okay to be vulnerable. If you go to someone asking for help, you are actually giving them a "purpose" if you will. People like to feel important, wanted, needed, and are willing to go out of their way to help you. I know it seems scary to take that first step in speaking up, but you do feel better in the end, kind of like a weight has been lifted off your shoulders.
And, wouldn't you want that feeling for yourself? That feeling of self-gratification that you took action to take care of YOU?? The most important person that's in YOUR life!!
In a world where everything feels like it's going 1,000 miles per hour, you have the power to slow everything down. Whatever you think is "weakness" can be looked at as "okay, I've hit my limit, and it's okay. Everyone has their limits in what they can and can't handle. Now, I need my support system to guide me in the direction I need to go in. This frustration I feel means I am moving along in my journey, and it shall pass."
Whatever doesn't kill you will only make you stronger. Hang in there and go with the flow.