I wore my WYL tee to Zumba tonight. This was a personal big step.
It’s always been tricky for me to broach the subject of mental health (especially when it comes to my own), much less wear it on my chest like a neon sign.
I’m now pretty convinced that they should add “magic” to the list of what goes into these shirts. I’ve never felt as confident in my class as I did tonight.
There’s something about wearing a shirt that says “It’s Okay Not To Be Okay”: implying that I’m human, that I live with Depression and/or Mood Disorders, that I am sad/down/confused/lost a lot of the time simply because of the way my brain is wired…
…and yet, here I am: singing, smiling, laughing, dancing, [sweating my arse off]
GENUINELY having the time of my life.
It’s a reminder, a humbling moment.
It’s not always grey skies and rain clouds. There are times of sunshine and unicorns and lollipops. And I’ve come to realize that I can be free, and I can be ME, by focusing on the things that coax the sun out from behind the clouds (like Zumba!)… and being okay with sometimes not being okay. It’s not a crime, it shouldn’t be taboo – it’s all a part of being a living, breathing, growing soul.
Even though I saw curious eyes drift over to what I was wearing, nothing was said. And that’s okay. I wasn’t expecting any conversation to happen, but I know that unspoken words speak volumes; if by wearing this magical t-shirt to my class I encourage another woman to accept and love herself for her own rainy days … that would be something amazing in itself 🙂
I really need to get on ordering more of these wonderful pieces!