Mental Health


Written by Allison Hill

Faith is a funny thing.  It isn’t tangible and no one can see it, and either you have it or you don’t.  It’s kind of like class, something you can’t be taught, and you either possess it or you don’t.  Knowing if you have it doesn’t really come into play until you need it.  When life is going well and things are all on the up and up, you can say you have or had faith, but to really and truly know you have it, I believe you have to be struck with one of life’s little unexpected catastrophes.  Then, and only then, will you really know if you have it or not.

I have been hit, like most of us, by many of life’s funny tricks.  Almost like the universe wanting to really know if I have faith.  If I believed in myself, if I believed in something bigger than myself to get me through life’s hard times.  I did, but I didn’t always.  When I was young, there was no reason to have faith. In the religious sense, my parents took me to church every Sunday and I went through all the catholic rituals and rites of passage, but I never had my faith questioned.  However, that’s not what I’m talking about in this instance.  What I’m talking about is having faith in being able to get through anything.  We have all had challenges to overcome, we have all had heartache or sickness or loss, but has there been a time you’ve been brought to your knees where you had nothing else to rely on but faith?  Faith that you could do this?  Faith that you were strong enough to weather this storm?

It’s not as easy a question as you would think to answer as life gives us a little reprieve every now and then and during those times is when we don’t think about having faith in ourselves because we know we can get through each day that passes.  But in those dark times, in the quiet of a life changing vent, when you have to rely on nothing else besides yourself and your faith that this too shall pass….can you say you have it?

Take some time to think about that one.  We all have inner strength we don’t even know about.  I know this because when life hit me time and time again bringing me to my knees more than once I knew that my faith would carry me through.  My faith that I was strong enough to endure whatever life threw at me.  Once you have that in your pocket, no one can take it away from you.  It’s almost a freeing of yourself and giving of yourself up to something else.  That is when you know; you can do anything, be anything and get through anything.  That’s the faith I want to hold on to.  Don’t you?

Allison Hill
Twitter: @ahill73


Jessica Victoria
<p>Jessica Victoria, 24, is a writer and advocate for mental health, disability and LGBTQ+. She uses her personal experiences and knowledge to help and educate others.</p>

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