Watch This Before You Give Up
I know that depression is at an all time high. I know that we have a mental health crisis in this world. Know this about depression- most of the time it looks like a smile. I just want to tell people out there that it’s okay to not be okay, but it’s not okay to stay there. For the last 13 years I have been preaching mental health. I've been preaching “protect you peace,” because I know that depression is real but I also know that deliverance is real. This past year I was depressed. Some of us don’t even know when you’re depressed.
if you are gaining weight or losing weight, If you wake up and you no longer have a passion for things you used to be passionate about it’s probably because you are dealing with an internal battle. This is why I never preach about external success. There’s nothing wrong with external success but I want to tell you that even when you have external success that doesn't mean you're going to have internal peace. You can have everything in the world and it doesn’t exempt you from pain. It doesn’t exempt you from depression. Inner peace is the new success. Internal peace. I am a person with external success and I still have internal pain. I’m telling you that the external does nothing for your internal battle.
Depression comes from a past that we can no longer change. Anxiety comes from a future that hasn’t happened yet. So how do we make sure these things don’t take over our lives? Working on your inner-peace. Inner peace comes when you stop allowing yourself to measure your worth on the external parts of your life. This can mean your job title, your relationship, you bank account, your followers, whatever it is that is running your mind- if it is external then it will lead you to depression. Your worth comes from deep inside you. It’s not something that can be measured by anything on this planet. If you tie your worth to your status, when you tie your worth to your relationship, or your followers or how many people like you, what happens when you lose that? Do you also lose yourself? That’s what happened to me. I allowed my whole self-image and worth to be tied to my status in the NFL and when I lost that I was crushed.
Nothing external last forever, so you have to tie your worth to something that will. I believe that is God. I want to tell you right now that it is not a weakness to ask for help, it’s not a weakness to say that you’re not okay. That’s okay, you’re allowed. I know that we live in a time where you are expected to post perfection but that’s not how life really is. Sometimes it’s lower than you can imagine. If you need help, do not be afraid to ask for it. It takes strength to know when to step away and recover.
It all starts with you.