PHOTO BY JULIA KOSTREVA
I give it my all. From intense (and often disturbing) research to trying my best to tap into the communities deepest needs and desires, and to be quite frank—it’s exhausting.
As a newly discovered empath who is naturally sensitive to the emotional experiences of others, it can be physically and mentally draining. But there are also very positive gifts such as striving for truth, being an excellent listener, and having a vivid imagination. I suppose it’s why I often find myself in the center of this incredible paradox, living in between the harsh reality of social challenges and the light of hopeful solutions, yet somehow still connecting to that inner place that strives for the latter.
But what happens when those efforts toward hopeful solutions don’t work out so well? How do you maintain a positive sense of self despite the mistakes, failures, and disappointments? How do you keep going?
People have asked me those questions a lot lately and I don’t really have an absolute answer, but I’ve learned to be careful with the words that I tell myself to cultivate the highest good and to be reminded by positive affirmations throughout the creative process and I’d like to share them with you:
I am valuable; my talents are endless; I am more than my work.
I am enough and I possess the strength to handle all setbacks.
My love for humanity is a necessary, compassionate force.
Humility and optimism fills my soul and leads me to brilliant ideas.
I am supported by a creative tribe; my ideas and stories are welcomed.
I forgive myself for judging myself.
For me, those affirmations are accompanied by faith and believing that everything that should be, will be and I am not alone in this journey. Co-creators and travelers are riding the waves, guiding me along the way. Sometimes I drift away from these convictions because the facts overwhelm the hope and change doesn’t always look so attainable.
But I have to start where I am and just keep going.