Britain’s been getting some rough weather this winter. I woke in the wee small hours of this morning with the wind howling somewhat. It’s now raining again and I don’t like the quantity of gusting still going on!
Our wee corner of Scotland hasn’t had it too bad compared to other areas. The river hasn’t actually flooded and only a few trees have come down in inconvenient locations. You’re not likely to see us on the National news. The only visible sign of the storms are huge puddles in the fields and an increasing number of pot-holes on the roads.
Some people get unlucky in life and storms come out of nowhere, intent on destroying them and/or everything in their lives. That same storm won’t affect everyone in the same way; some people only have to put up sandbags “just incase”. Others are devastated; some people lose their lives.
We all get storms we have to weather in our lives. If we’re struggling more than others, that doesn’t mean we’re weaker; just unluckier. If we’re weathering the storm better than others, great; say thanks to whoever has helped you and be grateful.
Sometimes the damage takes months or years to repair and the scars are always visible. Sometimes the damage is invisible, only to surface years later as soggy foundations collapse under you.
Storms happen in our lives. Strong foundations help (dbt, cbt, medication etc), as does knowing the number of the emergency services (parents, friends, the Samaritans, NHS 24, CMHT etc) and being prepared in the first place (recognising and accepting you have a mental health condition).
Some storms will hit out of the blue, others you will see coming by keeping a mindful eye on the signs. Whichever it is, and no matter how hard your personal storm hits, you can and will weather it somehow…then you can look forward to the better weather of spring and summer.