We’ve been talking about the journey of recovery lately (see post: How You Experience Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Effects Recovery). That opened the door to the idea of learning what it means to be resilient (see post: Bipolar? Depression? Can We Learn To Be Resilient?) Then, an amazing video I saw at Nat Geo blew off the doors on the idea of the “Type of Resilience: Rub Some Dirt On It.”
“One of the biggest predictors of faring well after an adversity is having people who cared. One thing that resilient people do is they seek support. It doesn’t have to be a therapist; it could be a best friend or an aunt or a partner. Resilient people actually use other people — rather than not let themselves need them.” ~ Clinical psychologist Meg Jay 1
In short, I believe resilience is not a basketball of emotional ups and downs to bounce back from only to roll into more traumatic pain. No, my belief, truly resilient people battle back from adversity life hands us. The fight is hard and arduous. Many times seemingly endless. Straining our faith and hope to the breaking point.
When every fiber of our core wants to give up, resilient people, for some unexplained reason, appear to have that extra will to battle on…to fight a bit harder, to stand back up on their feet and battle anew daily.
Like ZOMBIES! They don’t know when to quit!
1 TED Talks .(2008) What is Resilience?. 8 tips to help you become more resilient Retrieved on March 6, 2018, from https://ideas.ted.com/8-tips-to-help-you-become-more-resilient/