Sometimes we have many different paths, opportunities and possibilities laid out in front of us. With every step we take, we have the opportunity to create a new direction for our lives. This is what can make life so scary (and exciting). It can make it easy to want to stay in bed, hide, and not take any action.
So many times with depression I see uncertainty of a path crippling the person into not walking at all. The first steps through the uncertainty is the hardest – it’s like slogging through waist deep Colorado snow.
Sometimes we get crippled by having no path laid out in front of us so wanting to turn around and go back the way we came–getting caught up in images and stories of our past. Even when these stories of our past our negative, the known feels so much safer and easier.
Come spring, we will see what path we chose when we couldn’t see the path at all in the winter and by then it will feel obvious and pre-ordained to us.
How we take those uncertain steps in the snow is what matters, not the path we choose when the path is obscured. Just keep moving forward. Just keep stepping. Eventually the path will be laid out for you again. Don’t stay in bed. Don’t hide. Just keep moving forward no matter the path you choose. The sun will eventually melt all of the snow and you will walk with ease again.