How much is too much? How much can one person take?

Do you ever wonder this and wonder how everyone seems to be handling the many aspects of stress in their lives. I do. I wonder this all the time.

I have become keenly aware of stress and the damage it does to the body in the past few years in particular due to my own health journey, but if I’m honest and reflect on past experiences, there have been many waves of stressful periods in life, as most people can probably relate to.

But, how much is too much until one breaks? What does that even mean? Breaks? I do not know, but I wonder. How resilient can one human actually be? You may have people who say,
“It’s not that bad.”
“Just ignore it.”
“Kill them with kindness.”
“It will pass.”
“One day at time.”
“You are stronger than you think.”

I know this because I have said these things too. But when it’s you, in the midst of the stressful situation, whether it’s physical or emotional, perceived or real, how does one deal?

I am pondering this because it’s where I am right now. I have so much to say about a stressful situation that is affecting my life right now, but I can’t. I have to be strong, be better, rise above.

I think about what my dad would say to me today. I think about his smile and his voice and how he always rose above every negative and stressful situation that ever came his way. I think about what’s important in life and focus on that. That’s all I can do. Until I’m knocked down again by this stressful situation (which by the way is completely petty and unnecessary). Then, I pick myself back up, love the supporters I have in my life, and remember that it will pass. I know this, but to what avail, I do not know. And if you know me at all, I absolutely hate the unknown.

I am sharing this with you today because you never really know what’s going on in someone’s life, and we all could use a reminder about kindness and keeping at the forefront what’s actually important in life – that’s each other and experiences. Nothing else.

Peace, my friends. 🙏

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