It’s okay to ask for HELP

Shaheen Nouman Rajan

What you are going through today will make you stronger tomorrow. Just keep going. Don’t give up. Not just yet. You have what it takes to see this through.

I have done about a 100 different things for the first time in the last 3 months. Out of those 100, about 87 were ‘what the heck is that?!’ kind. Not only did I not know that such a situation/circumstance could block my way, I also had zero inkling on how to get my way out of or conquer it. I am but just a girl trying to do my thing. Why is this all happening to me? Actually, I don’t have time to lick my wounds or indulge in self-pity. I have got work to do.

And in all this madness, with highs that made my heart so full that I could cry, and lows so terrible that I just wanted to wrap it up and move to Thailand, there is one thing I have come to believe with ALL MY HEART – asking for help saves you so much unwarranted anguish. Family, friends, acquaintances, government organisations, Google..someone, somewhere has the answer. Or an advise that could get you started in the right direction. Or can offer a safe space to voice your thoughts and find your own answers. Say what you are afraid to say, face your insecurities, and then drag out the solution that was hiding under layers of fear.

And if you live in Germany, you are blessed to have access to institutional support. I would have never sought it out had I not felt cornered and helpless. Just picking up that phone and sending out that email had me running in the opposite direction. But listen, these institutions WILL help if they can. So seek them out, send that email. What do you have to lose?

So, say it with me – I will seek out help if I need it. I will mobilise the power that comes with being part of a system. I got this.

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