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  • in reply to: What three things are you grateful for today? #7325
    Avatarnathanieljblack7
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    1. Grateful for the supportive community of people I have in my life thanks to program.
    2. Grateful that things always seem to fall into place and work themselves out.
    3. Grateful for Coursera.

    in reply to: When is it okay to struggle? #7316
    Avatarnathanieljblack7
    Participant

    It is always okay to struggle.
    It is always okay to have your feelings.
    It may be important to remember that it can be sometimes be reassuring for others to see the struggle behind the brave face. It shows reinforces that when they are struggling it’s okay.
    Allow yourself to feel your feelings; feel them, process them, and work through them but never feel like you need to hide them or hide from them.

    in reply to: Positive thoughts Challenge! #7315
    Avatarnathanieljblack7
    Participant

    Today, I was able to return to my usual routine. It’s gorgeous outside. I got to see my colleagues again after being out of work all week. I got a good night’s sleep curled up under my electric blanket. And I’m almost 100% better and ready to do some advocating. 😉

    in reply to: Follow through #7314
    Avatarnathanieljblack7
    Participant

    Following through with things is something I can be really sensitive about too. My parents never followed through with anything when I was growing up so I now live in this place where I never expect anyone will actually follow through with what they’ve said but it’s also necessary that they do if we’re going to have any sort of relationship.

    Interestingly enough, I’ve also noticed that I’ve gotten worse about following through with things as I’ve gotten better. There’s something that deserves some more processing.

    in reply to: What three things are you grateful for today? #7313
    Avatarnathanieljblack7
    Participant

    1. I’m grateful to finally be over this head cold that’s had me bed ridden since Sunday night.
    2. I’m grateful to be back at work. Even an introvert like me can only handle so much isolation.
    3. I’m grateful to work with wonderful, kind, understanding, and passionate people.

    in reply to: Troubled Teen Programs and Gay Conversion Therapy #7241
    Avatarnathanieljblack7
    Participant

    Reading this put fear and terror in my heart. I’m so, so sorry for your experience. As an openly gay male, something like this has always been one of my worst fears. I can’t imagine the pain you must have gone through.

    in reply to: What three things are you grateful for today? #7199
    Avatarnathanieljblack7
    Participant

    1. Grateful for my support system.
    2. Grateful for a great weekend to start off my week on a good note.
    3. (Doing this one because I need the reminder right now.) Grateful that right now, in this exact moment, I am okay.

    in reply to: What three things are you grateful for today? #7172
    Avatarnathanieljblack7
    Participant

    1. Finally got a date for a surgery I’ve been needing for quite a while now. Mid-February cannot come fast enough.
    2. My medication has been adjusted and it’s working wonderfully.
    3. So much support from friends and family around my surgery. It’s always nice to feel supported.

    in reply to: What three things are you grateful for today? #7118
    Avatarnathanieljblack7
    Participant

    1. I got some paperwork that I really needed from work today. Thank goodness. One more thing to cross off my list of things to worry about.
    2. Yey, free food!
    3. I have a fun evening planned catching up with a good friend.

    in reply to: Other Alternatives #7110
    Avatarnathanieljblack7
    Participant

    When negative things happen that tempt me off my intended path I find it’s helpful for me to remind myself to make the differentiation between the things I can control and the things I can’t. I challenge myself to let go of the things I can’t control because no amount of worrying on my part is going to change anything about those situations and instead focus my attentions on the things I can control. I think you’ll come to find that when you’re consciously doing this you’ll realize the list of things you can control is a lot smaller than your racing brain thinks and somehow that’s very liberating.

    That last part of your post is interesting though. I’ve definitely found myself saying something like “I’ve done everything I can right now to help influence the things I do have control over in my favor. There is nothing else i can do right now so I’m going to– indulge.” It’s a thin line to walk though.

    in reply to: What three things are you grateful for today? #7109
    Avatarnathanieljblack7
    Participant

    1. My car has new snow tires and is ready for the winter. (Too bad i am not nearly as prepared.)
    2. I had an amazing weekend with a lot of amazing people.
    3. My confidence is in a great place right now.

    in reply to: What three things are you grateful for today? #7078
    Avatarnathanieljblack7
    Participant

    1. I’m attending an awesome event this weekend.
    2. I have an awesome outfit to where to said awesome event.
    3. Including contacts (Good-bye (for the weekend) glasses!) and I’ll have a fresh haircut because my barber was kind enough to squeeze me in tomorrow right before the event.
    4. I have two amazing jobs.
    5. I work with amazing people.
    6. I will get to meet lots of new awesome people at the event this weekend.
    7. I’m so grateful. Life is good.

    in reply to: What three things are you grateful for today? #7039
    Avatarnathanieljblack7
    Participant

    1) I’ve had the opportunity to pay it forward a couple times in the last few days. I really appreciate that.

    2) Some of that stuff I’ve paid forward has already found it’s way back to me already.

    3) I’ve really grateful that I am in a place in my recovery where i can acknowledge the first two things.

    in reply to: Meeting Myself #7038
    Avatarnathanieljblack7
    Participant

    Oh, I can so relate to this. It makes me think of a couple quotes that have crossed my path in the last few years.

    “If someone else treated me the way I treat myself I’d have to kill them.”

    And then two others that are very similar yet so different.

    “No one scares me as much as I scare myself.”

    and

    “I don’t hate any other human being as much as I hate myself.”

    If I started to treat myself the way I treated everyone else… Well, I’d be a lot better of. I know now logically that I don’t deserve the way I treat myself. It’s just what I’ve learned and what I’m used to.

    I’m slowly opening up to meeting myself and learning more about who i really am under all the trauma and the hurt and the walls. It’s been an interesting journey.

    Good luck, Courtney. I hope you really get to meet yourself. I’m having the pleasure of meeting you and I really like the person I’m getting to know.

    in reply to: What three things are you grateful for today? #6903
    Avatarnathanieljblack7
    Participant

    1. Hope
    2. Opportunity
    3. New journeys

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