Revolution, say what? In the words of one of my favorite artists, Tracy Chapman, “finally the tables are starting to turn…” Those of us living with invisible chronic illnesses are being seen in more ways than we ever have before – by private organizations, governments, health care agencies, and more. But in some big ways, we are still invisible because we are silent. We suffer in silence. We struggle in silence. We get by in silence. When someone actually does notice a hint of pain on our faces, we are quick to say we are “fine.” What’s up with that?
It’s ironic, right? An Invisible Revolution? Revolutions are traditionally loud, violent, and radical. Well, most of them are, but that’s not what I’m promoting here. I think that this world has enough violence as it is. What I’m talkin’ about is a revolution of truth. A tidal wave of authenticity washing over this broken world.
Don’t get me wrong, authenticity is anything but invisible. It takes courage (like, some BIG freakin’ courage) to be authentic and stand in your truth. So really, we could call this a Truth Revolution. What if you actually told someone the truth when they asked “how are you?” What if you had a request for a friend who said “let me know if you need anything!” Sure, some people would run for the hills screaming. Forget those people, they’ll come around. Or they won’t…who cares. Overall though, I’m willing to bet that what you would find is that people want to help one another.
Especially women, we are hardwired for connection. Forget what society has modeled for you about catty women competing with each other. At the most basic level, we are all struggling with and celebrating the. same. things. I’m talking about ALL women, even women who don’t have an invisible chronic illness. We all experience the same emotions – rage, happiness, insecurity, gratitude, bliss, fear… It’s all subjective, and our exact experiences are always different. But what if we actually supported each other? What if we showed up and held space for other women through their rage, their bliss, their fear? What if you saw another woman for who she is authentically, at her core, instead of what clothes she’s wearing, her size, or her place in life?
Revolutions don’t usually happen overnight, but they almost always start small. There are women all over this world who are waking up to authenticity. To getting to know their truth, standing for it, and then standing for other women’s as well. I’m calling for a revolution, ladies! And it starts with YOU. It begins with you making the choice to be honest – with yourself and others – about where you are, how you’re feeling, and what you need. Because life can’t just be all about suffering, right?
Take a stand with me! I challenge you to get to know yourself first. Who are you? What do you love? What do you hate? What can’t you live without? What brings that sparkle to your eyes? What do you need help with? Then, stand for that truth. Tell others. Share the struggle with them. If we each take on this journey, invisible turns visible very quickly.
Having trouble figuring out what brings that sparkle to your eyes? For many of us, chronic pain and chronic fatigue have dulled that sparkle. That’s where I come in! Let’s set up a FREE Clarity Call today to help bring back that shine! Click here to schedule your free call today.
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