Hello beautiful people,
Here in Australia it is R U OK?Day™.
What exactly is R U OK?Day™ I hear you ask?
Brilliant question by the way.
Rather than reinvent the wheel, I have taken some info from the R U OK?Day™ Facebook page and posted it here.
R U OK?Day™ is a national day of action that aims to prevent suicide by encouraging Australians to connect with someone they care about and help stop little problems turning into big ones by simply asking “Are you OK?”. R U OK?Day™ does not provide crisis intervention or counselling. If you need crisis support, call Lifeline 24/7 on 13 11 14.
As from today you can also call the 1800 RUOKDAY (1800 7865 329) hotline which can link you through to 6 different crisis support or mental health information lines: Lifeline; Suicide Call Back Service; MensLine Australia; SANE Australia Helpline; Kids Helpline; and beyondblue Info Line. This is for Aussies doing it tough to access help and support more easily and you can call it free from landlines in Australia all year round.
If your need is life threatening please call 000.
I know at times over the years I have certainly needed assistance from others in getting myself healthy again. I am very grateful for receiving the assistance I did, as too is my family.
For way too long I allowed myself to believe I was the only woman on this planet married to a man who likes having sex with men. Oh the embarrassment, the shame, the disgust, the jealousy of it all, to name but a few. I allowed myself to delve deep into its darkness, the fear completely crippling me. To me, at that time, it was wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong!
Today and every day I consciously choose love and sure some days it is much easier to do than others. However I now know that it is a choice and as I just said, I choose love.
I know I have said it before and no doubt I will say it again and again. I love what my husband has given me. I love that my husband is free within his sexual expression. I love that the thought of him having sex with a man has me smiling from how natural and ‘normal’ it feels today, as opposed to the anger and so forth from years gone by. My husband likes to have sex with men…big deal…that is what I can say about that today.
I love that I can stand in my truth, mistakes and all and at times feeling completely vulnerable, nervous and totally exposed (metaphorically speaking!). By doing this I continue to gain strength, courage, compassion, empathy, gratitude and my absolute favourite of all time, love, lots and lots of unconditional love.
How blessed I am to have grown through my problems (and not just the little ones either). How blessed I am to be here today writing this. How blessed I am for having a bisexual husband. How blessed I am for my beautiful life.
So back to what todays post is all about…are you okay?
If you are…I am so happy for you…yay!
If you’re not I ask you to get some assistance (right now) if you haven’t already done so, as by no means do you have to do it alone. And please no matter what, be kind and gentle on yourself. I know it is very cliché, I also know it to be true…’it won’t happen overnight, but it will happen’ and ‘it does get better’.
One small step in the right direction can easily become several big leaps in the right direction.
Here is the link to the R U OK?Day™ Facebook page for those of you on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ruokday?sk=info
And here is the link to the R U OK?Day™ website http://www.ruokday.com.au
This is such a great initiative and valuable resource. I’m so thrilled to be able to support such a wonderful cause.
If you need to, use it.
If you’re not in Australia check to see if you already have something like this in your country. If you don’t perhaps you may feel so inclined to start something yourself. Or know someone who can.
R U OK?Day™ may seem like it’s for only one day. It’s not. It’s a conversation starter – a prompt – for everyday.
Love & hugs,
‘practice what you passion’®