I was 10 when I came across this quote by Anonymous – God helps those who help themselves. Back then I use to write “Thought of the day” on the blackboard. I tweaked the quote and replaced the word ‘themselves’ with ‘others’. Noone bothered nor questioned. After all being selfless is a great quality to have!
Fast forward to 2020. We’re all in the middle of pandemic and the best thing to be safe was – to “help yourself!” Not just physically but mentally and emotionally as well. The quote that I tweaked back then didn’t make sense anymore. I believe that’s how life teaches you certain lessons – throws a curveball at you and grabs a tub of popcorn!
It’s been a tough year for everyone! It took a toll on my mental health. Got introduced to a new frienemy – Anxiety! It knocks my door when I least expect it. It’s more of a shock than a surprise. It’s toxic and clingy AF! Now everytime it’s about to show up I know. I prepare myself and try to ignore, sometimes avoid and at times face it. “ Saanp ko paal rakha hain” – I need to de-poison this snake before it bites me in the ass. Professional help – helps. But in the end I need to help myself. It’s been staying within me for more than a year now. It’s time to bid a farewell to this frienemy before it marks its territory. Have I healed? Probably not! but today I’m proud of myself for sailing through. After all what doesn’t break you makes you stronger. I don’t know if I’m strong enough but I can rectify the mistake I made years ago because now I’ve understood the real meaning of the quote -
“God helps those who help themselves.” – Anonymous