This quote resonates with me a lot. While in therapy the other day, my therapist told me anxiety tends to be drawn to more anxiety; I’m drawn to people who are also struggling emotionally, because we have things in common. She mentioned I’m also drawn to people like myself, because I’ve been assigned the role of ‘helper’ since a young age. Over the years it has been expected of me to be helpful, to listen to others problems, to physically help out a person. I believe that this role is in part an innate characteristic of mine, as well as something that has been put on me as well. Either way, I can honestly say that I do love to help people. I like to be needed. I like for others to accomplish their goals and to trust in me if they need someone by their side. So this quote feels personal to me. I am drawn to the darkness that is anxiety and stress and when I come in contact with people, I am able to touch their lives (hopefully) in some way, which allows them to feel better. I think this is the reason why I am now a Social Work student. I feel this pull to help out the community in any way that I can. I’m sure it will be stressful and anxiety ridden, but if I can get one person out of the darkness, than my job would definitely be worth it.
Are you drawn to the darkness? Do you feel compelled to help people who are struggling or who remind you of yourself? How do you go about embracing or breaking the cycle?
She picked up the pieces of her life and created something beautiful. From that day forth she shone like the sun and changed the definition of broken”. -Randall M. Core