People Matter

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Last week, as you might remember, I wrote about how to know if you have found your people. I feel very blessed with the people I have in my life. I feel safe to share my thoughts and desires with these individuals and I do not feel like they will judge me. They are my cheerleaders. We have each other’s backs.

This week I want to talk about why people matter.

For a good portion of my life I felt that it did not matter to have people in your life. I was bound and determined to move out at eighteen and put down roots somewhere far far away where no one knew my name or story.

I realize now that this was a coping mechanism for me. I was so lost in my thoughts about not wanting anyone to know the real me, that I thought it would be easier to erase everyone from my life and start over somewhere new.

I dreamed of feeling free and like I couldn’t disappoint anyone. I dreamed of no one caring where I came from, who I was, or what I wanted with my life. I didn’t realize that that idea would be so lonely.

I am happy I never followed through with my plans and have started to see life in a different way. I am happy that I have started to open up more and allow people to know the real me.

The pain I was trying to hide was eating away at me and the more I hid who I was the worse it got. Running away from my problems wouldn’t have been a solution. The only way to free myself and feel like I could breathe was facing my fears head on and opening up to the world. This is me.

The more I open myself up the more I am reminded of how important people are. You can go through so many things in life but they won’t really mean a thing if you don’t have someone to share them with.

Being able to connect with other humans and share your experiences with them is something that is so magical. We need to have interaction with other humans to survive.

Certain things can seem dull if you do it alone, but with someone else it can be fun. An example of this is when I am at work. There is an unfinished basement that the kiddo I get to nanny loves to go in. When I am down there alone I feel that it is dark and dreary and I do not want to spend time down there. When the kiddo is with me we have so much fun that I don’t even think about the fact that we are in an unfinished basement. It doesn’t matter where we are, when she and I are together we have fun.

Isn’t this true for things in life? It doesn’t really matter where you are or what you are doing if you have people you love with you.

Sharing your time and space with others is so important and can change how you view life.

Don’t get it twisted, I am still an introvert through and through, but the one thing that I know is that people matter.

Take some time today to reach out to your people and tell them that they mean something to you. Maybe remind them of a favorite memory you have with them.

It never hurts to tell someone you care about them.

Until next time,

-H

Published by Hannah Opp

My name is Hannah and I am a certified integrative nutrition health coach. I love nature, animals, and going on adventures.

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