When I Feel Lost
Never fear letting your vulnerability show, because then you’ll never get yourself unlost.
I follow a blog by a very awesome woman called Penelope Trunk. One of the most fascinating things about her is that she is not shy to tell you who she is, where she’s come from, what she is going through and how she is coping. I suppose that makes her appear human, and therefore, her readers can relate. She does not shy away from insults hurled at her, and she takes to answering them with amazing poise in stride.
Recently, she had an article How To Be Lost with Panache . As I read through the article, it occurred to me that this is a common thing that plagues all of us. Feeling lost, you can’t seem to make head or tail of anything. You don’t necessarily need to be suffering from Asperger Syndrome as she does to experience this. It just happens sometimes.
The article got me thinking, I do feel lost at times. I’m not always bubbly and smart headed (yep! I’m human after all) So, what techniques do I use to fight this feeling? I retreat into myself. This has become more of a healing technique that my body has adapted to. We can never always be completely blue or completely bubbly. That is not normal, so don’t go arguing with me on that one. The trick is not to punish yourself. Acknowledge and embrace the feeling, find what calms you down, and get yourself absorbed in it.
For me, the most effective methods have been;
1. Reading. Nothing in particular but just getting absorbed in reading.
2. Going for long, long walks.
3. Sitting quietly in a room, no music, no noise, just silence.
4. Writing in my journal. Yes, you’d have fun reading that journal but you won’t.
So long as you embrace it and acknowledge it as a passing phase, you will not even know when it finally passes. Glide along and be happy you have a chance to turn inward for healing and personal strength.