The Question That Saved My Life

Several years ago I experienced a trauma. Of course, I didn’t realize it was a trauma until I started experiencing severe hallucinations. After being wrongly sent to a schizophrenia clinic, I was diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

The PTSD was the worst thing I’ve ever experienced in my life. It made the trauma itself seem insignificant, even though it wasn’t.

I’d wake up from different horrifyingly graphic nightmares every ten minutes. I was so sleep deprived I experienced hallucinations. I never felt safe so I’d sleep at a different person’s house each night so no one could find me. I stopped going out at night. I avoided going out to public places. I lost a lot of friends. Everyone thought I was crazy and I had no comeback. Because I really was crazy.

I lived in survival mode for about 8 months.

Every day was the worst day of my life.

There was no light at the end of the tunnel. Just pure darkness. Every day.

Doctors told me I was a lost cause. They’d say that I’d never stabilize. This was something I’d have to learn to life with for the rest of my life.

In my desperation, I asked myself a question that changed everything. This question made all the difference in the healing process.

‘What can I do today to make tomorrow a little bit better?’

I wasn’t asking for a cure. I was asking for my first baby step.

Every day, I’d ask myself the same question. It eventually led to me experiencing happiness, stability and love again.

It made all the difference.

Whatever challenge or obstacle you’re presented with right now, focus on the baby step.

If you’re overweight, your baby step might be to meet with a dietitian, to cut out pop from your diet for 30 days, or to walk at lunch every day.

If your relationship is going through a rut, your baby step might be to reintroduce affection into the relationship, to read your first online dating messages to each other to remember why you first fell in love or to go out and do something fun together.

If you’re struggling with anxiety, your baby step might be to learn how to breathe mindfully, to exercise daily or to speak to a counselor.

If you’re going through a break-up or divorce, your baby step might be dying your hair for a fresh start, trying a new activity you’ve always wanted to do, or exercising (run that sadness off, it works wonders)!

If you’re struggling to achieve success in your career, your baby step might be sprucing up your LinkedIn profile, taking an online course to boost your skill set or setting up coffee meetings with people in your industry.

When life presents an obstacle, focus on the solution.

‘What can I do today to make tomorrow a little bit better?’