You Are Not Lost!  
You Are Right Where You Are Supposed To Be!

Kelly Maida

© Copyright 2022 by Kelly Maida

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I wrote this from feelings recently of being lost in life and not knowing my direction or who I was. But with some counseling and self discovery, I am learning that everything is unfolding as it is supposed to.

Did you ever feel lost? I used to wear a mask and not let people know the real me. Or I would get lost in toxic relationships and forget who I really was. I used to be a people pleaser. Domestic violence has changed my life. I used to think it was for the worst. I was almost killed five years ago. A few years after it happened, I never thought that my life would be the same. And quite honestly I feel everyone around me thought the same thing. I became a recluse. I isolated myself from family, friends and everyone and everything. I didnít leave my apartment. I felt that I could not trust anyone anymore. To be honest I stopped trusting myself. I felt that I had terrible judgment on people so it would be best to avoid everyone. Not to mention I was just so scared to be around people. My anxiety was at an all time high and I would have panic attacks around people. I was very hard on myself. I blamed myself for the physical abuse that I went through. I thought there must be something wrong with me. I felt that I was unlovable and that I must have issues. It didnít help that the toxic relationships that I was in all made me feel this way. I was always accused of doing something wrong. So eventually I felt that I couldnít do anything right. My self esteem took a severe blow. I suffered in silence for years. However I did seek counseling right after my attack. I have been in counseling now for five years. Counseling has been the best thing that I could do for myself. It has taught me so much and has really helped me heal. The good thing is that the panic attacks have stopped and I can be around people now.

Sometimes we forget to look back to see how far we have come. I am my own worst critic. I believe we always learn something new. Or a new way to heal. Sometimes it feels that we are always healing from something or someone. I actually started to go around people the past five months. This is huge for me. It is scary at the same time. For five years I was in hiding. I feel so vulnerable now. I thought I would never trust anyone again. I really felt for years that love was not for me and that I would not find it. But deep down I wished that I would find it. Or that it would find me. When I use the word I love you now it is a really big deal for me. I am a very deep person and very sensitive. I have a huge heart. In fact I wear my heart on my sleeve most of the time. Sometimes I wish I could change this about myself. I wish I could be cold or turn off these emotions that I have. However that does not work and it is not healthy. I ran from my emotions most of my life. I tried numbing my emotions. I am now realizing if I just sit with my emotions and learn to feel and deal it really is not as bad as I thought it would be. It takes time though. It doesnít feel good at first. But when you think about it, does numbing your emotions really feel good? Who wants to always walk around not feeling and suppressing everything.

When you suppress everything it pushes people away. It leaves them not knowing where you stand with them. And when you constantly run from things you will never know what could be. Maybe you're missing out on good people but you wonít know if you run. For me I have been opening myself up now to people. The hard part is, when you run into emotionally unavailable people. There is nothing like trying to open up your heart for the first time in five years to just get rejected. Because he says he is scared to get close to me. Or not ready. Now that I look back he would always push me away. He didnít see it that way or maybe just did not want to admit it. Maybe that is just another lesson in life for me. I need to set more boundaries and pay more attention to the red flags. Now that I reflect on everything, this feeling of being lost is not true. Did you ever think this is where we are meant to be right now. We feel lost when we donít listen to ourselves. Call it intuition or whatever you want. Feeling lost is when we are disconnected from ourselves. When we feel disconnected we gravitate towards drugs, alcohol, overspending, sex, ego, constantly wanting attention from people because we are trying to fill this void. I notice this in men I used to talk to they would constantly seek attention from other women to fill their void. I have been taking the hard route. I have been sitting with myself and listening to my wants and needs. The more that I sit and process my emotions, the more I notice I am forming a connection to myself. Not to mention whatever we say we are then we become it. If we keep focusing on being lost and saying it then that is what you will be and stay there. However if we focus on I am right where I should be and how can I feel more fulfilled in a healthy way then you will find your way out of this.

Your life is what you make of it. I am sure you have heard the saying that if you keep doing the same things then you will get the same results. You have to get to a point where you are willing to do anything for change. I had to get to a point where I would do anything to feel happy and climb out of that old paradigm. It is a steady work in progress. But arenít we all works in progress? We are never finished learning in life. Something will always happen in life that we have to deal with. Death, illness, loss of job, break-ups are unfortunately a part of life. If we heal ourselves and start learning to deal with things then we will learn how to carry on. We will get to a point where we decide I am loveable and I am willing to feel my emotions and even when things get tough, we will find our way through it. Just remember you're not lost, you are right where you should be. You're not alone and things will get better in time. 

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