Thursday, March 17, 2011

30 Days of Truth - Day 17

Day 01 → Something you hate about yourself.
Day 02 → Something you love about yourself.
Day 03 → Something you have to forgive yourself for.
Day 04 → Something you have to forgive someone for.
Day 05 → Something you hope to do in your life.
Day 06 → Something you hope you never have to do.
Day 07 → Someone who has made your life worth living for.
Day 08 → Someone who made your life hell, or treated you like shit.
Day 09 → Someone you didn’t want to let go, but just drifted.
Day 10 → Someone you need to let go, or wish you didn’t know.
Day 11 → Something people seem to compliment you the most on.
Day 12 → Something you never get compliments on.
Day 13 → A band or artist that has gotten you through some tough ass days. (write a letter.)
Day 14 → A hero that has let you down. (letter)
Day 15 → Something or someone you couldn’t live without, because you’ve tried living without it.
Day 16 → Someone or something you definitely could live without.
Day 17 → A book you’ve read that changed your views on something.
Day 18 → Your views on gay marriage.
Day 19 → What do you think of religion? Or what do you think of politics?
Day 20 → Your views on drugs and alcohol.
Day 21 → (scenario) Your best friend is in a car accident and you two got into a fight an hour before. What do you do?
Day 22 → Something you wish you hadn’t done in your life.
Day 23 → Something you wish you had done in your life.
Day 24 → Make a playlist to someone, and explain why you chose all the songs. (Just post the titles and artists and letter)
Day 25 → The reason you believe you’re still alive today.
Day 26 → Have you ever thought about giving up on life? If so, when and why?
Day 27 → What’s the best thing going for you right now?
Day 28 → What if you were pregnant or got someone pregnant, what would you do?
Day 29 → Something you hope to change about yourself. And why.
Day 30 → A letter to yourself, tell yourself EVERYTHING you love about yourself

Day 17 → A book you’ve read that changed your views on something.

I was assigned this book in grad school.  It changed. my. life.  I read it while I was in the throes of dealing with the lingering anxiety and fear from being raped.  I had been diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.  I was going through exposure therapy with my counselor at the University Counseling Center.  I was sad and scared and suffering.

Viktor Frankl's book taught me that I shouldn't be ashamed or hide from my feelings.  It taught me that to be afraid is ok.  And to suffer is human.  Suffering lets us know that we're alive.  And reminds us that there's something better to live for.  Because if you can suffer and look beyond that, that shows great strength. 

So that's what I did.  I started looking to the other side.  I started trying to find the good things in my life - the good memories and the good things I hoped to do with my life.

And that made all the difference.

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