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Hope in the Darkness

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April Price Coaching
Hope in the Darkness
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It’s easy to think that we should always be happy and, given the relative ease and comfort of our lives, we also think that happiness should be easy to get and easy to sustain. 

But the truth is that our human experience is full of highs and lows. All of our lives are made up of contrasting emotional experiences, and we are here on earth to feel the full spectrum of human emotion. This means that we will all have times in our life where it feels like a fight to be happy.

This is as true for me as it is for you. When my brain offers me discouraging or disparaging thoughts I still have moments where I feel down and discouraged and hopeless and don't know how to keep going. 

And each one of us has moments in our lives when we just want somebody to put their arms around us and say, “You are okay. I see you. I love you. You are doing great.”

In today’s podcast episode, I’m sharing some thoughts that have helped me when darkness takes over.

 

The strongest tool we have is hope

When we are confronted with tension, fear and anger, we need a really strong tool. And the biggest weapon that we have against the darkness, and against the overwhelming fear and sadness and grief and heartbreak of this earth life experience…is hope. 

 

Keep fighting for hope

I want you to know that if you have to get up every day and fight your brain and fight for happiness and fight to create the things you want - nothing has gone wrong.

You are in good company. You are in here with the rest of us. I fight every day for the joy and the happiness and the creation that I'm able to do in my life. 

I fight for hope and I fight to feel okay. And I think that's what it means to be human.

We go through seasons where there is more resistance, more darkness. It’s harder to keep up that fight. And if this is where you are right now, this episode was made for you.

Ever since I finished 29029, I’ve been in this kind of trough. I had so much energy and effort and motivation working towards this goal. And now that it’s over the energy has dropped off. It feels like a letdown to no longer be in the joyful accomplishment of this thing.

But just as in nature, after the harvest comes death. This is a natural part of accomplishment. 

 

Thoughts for finding hope in the darkness

I’m sharing 10 thoughts that have helped me when things felt dark and heavy in hopes that they’ll help you, too. 

These are the things that I wish each one of you knew.

I hope this episode will be a tool for hope in your life, as well as a hug and some gentle reassurance that you are okay. 

You won’t be in this place forever. You don’t need to be ashamed or upset with yourself for where you are. And the fact that it is a fight isn’t a problem. You are good. You are powerful. You are strong.

You’re just practicing being a human. However you’re doing it, wherever you are, you are okay.

 

You’ll Learn:

  • Thoughts to give you hope when things are dark
  • Ten things to remember when you find yourself struggling to be happy 

 

Episode Transcript

Welcome to the 100% Awesome podcast with April Price. You might not know it, but every result in your life is 100% because of the thought you think. And that, my friends, is 100% awesome.

Hello Podcast Universe. Welcome to episode 182 of the 100% Awesome Podcast. I'm April Price, I am so grateful to be here with you on this podcast to have a chance to put my thoughts and words out into the universe and to be a part of your lives. I want you to know that I love you and that I'm rooting for you and that I count it as such a sacred privilege to be in a position of being able to help to to be in your ears and to even in a small way, to add a little bit of light to your life, to your earth life journey, and offer what relief I have.

And I feel really lucky to be connected to each one of you here on this podcast. This is actually the second time I'm recording this podcast. And, you know, I had something else planned and as I kind of like worked my way through it, I just decided, you know what? I just need to be real and I just need to be honest because I think that is where I am the most useful to each of you and actually to myself. Like as I'm just honest with myself, I can really process things and learn some things that help me along along the way, help me think differently, help me feel differently. And I want to share those things with you in the hopes that they will be helpful to those of you who may be in the same place that I am right now.

So, just to set this up a little bit, the other day I was watching a documentary about the earthquake that happened in Nepal in 2015 and in the Himalayas. And like, you know, they they showed a perspective of Kathmandu and Everest and in the Langtang Valley. And anyway, it was really interesting documentary. And there was one part in it. There were some hikers there in the Himalayas, and they were trying to hike their way out. And these villages had just been destroyed. And then, you know, they had done some things to really offend and hurt some of the locals that were still alive. Many people were killed, but tensions were high. They were stuck in this valley and they were trying to get out, but like, people were really angry. It's kind of like life and death situation, people had lost so much and tensions were high and it was really serious. And as they were trying to get out and trying to get help, the people that they called and talked to, they said, you know, you might want to be armed when you come like, things are not good here and they're devolving. And you should probably like bring some bring some weapons and arm yourself when you come. And the helicopter pilot, when he was coming into the valley, he could see what was happening and he could see the tensions and the fear and the anger on people's faces.

And he said, I just had this thought that I'm going to need a really strong tool to be able to help here. And he said, the strongest tool we have is hope. So, he didn't bring a gun. He didn't bring weapons. He brought hope. And it just struck me that how true that is, that the biggest weapon that we have against the darkness and against the overwhelming fear and sadness and grief and heartbreak of this earth life experience, like the weapon that we have is hope. So, with that in mind, I just wanted to share one other thought that I had last night and just like just to set this whole thing up.

So, last night I went to the temple with my husband and just to feel the spirit of the Lord and, you know, get some relief, get some answers. And I was talking to my husband, you know, we consider the temple to be the house of the Lord that he dwells there. And I was talking about the temple afterwards and I was saying, you know, I wish there was a room in there where you can go and get a hug from heaven, right. Where you could just sign up and like somebody would like wrap their arms around you and say you are okay, I see you, I love you. You are doing great, and you are okay. And they would stroke your hair and give you a hug and, you know, help you lift your chin and go forward in your life. And really, that whole place is that room right where there is a heavenly hug. But I kept thinking about that and how each one of us, like, need a moment in our lives where somebody will put their arms around us and say, You are okay. And so, with those things in mind, I want this episode today to be both of those things, a tool for hope in your life and also a hug.

And just like the gentle reassurance that you are okay wherever you are, whatever's happening, whatever you're feeling, whatever your experience, whatever you think has gone wrong, you are okay. And so, I just want to start by disabuse you of the idea that you might have about me, that I am just a happy, motivated person by nature and that for the most part, I just live in this kind of perpetual state of contentment, enthusiasm and joy for my life. Okay, because that isn't true for me. It isn't true for any of us. And I think sometimes it's easy from the outside to look at other people, maybe to look at me and and to think like like it's just easy for me to manage my mind and that I have it down and have it figured out. And I know exactly what to do when my brain offers me discouraging or disparaging thoughts or, or, you know, that I never have moments where I feel down and discouraged and hopeless and I don't know how to keep going. And I just want to assure you that that is not the case. It is not the case for me. It is not the case for anybody that that you're watching and thinking like, oh, they've got it figured out and they don't have these moments.

And I don't know if that is encouraging or not. But to know that like that, we all struggle with this. But I want you to know that if you have to get up every day and fight your brain and fight for happiness and fight to create the things you want, that nothing has gone wrong, that that nothing has gone wrong because you have to fight for it, you are in good company. You are in here with the rest of us. And I fight every day for the joy and the happiness and the creation that I'm able to do in my life. And sometimes I'm great at it and sometimes I'm not. And and this episode is just really to let you know that if you are fighting for it, it's okay. Like, I fight for hope and I fight to feel okay. And I think that's what it means to be human. I think that this resistance to happiness and hope and joy like that resistance that our brain offers, I feel like that is built in so that we can learn to choose, like we have to have something to choose against.

And I think that it's just part and parcel of the fall and some of us like really do at certain moments in our lives, feel more resistance and more darkness. Like we feel it more acutely and we go through seasons where, you know, it's harder to put up a fight and it's easier, easier to give in to the the the darkness that your brain wants to offer, the discouragement that your brain wants to offer. And so if that is where you are and you're putting up a fight and it it feels harder than it should be, then this episode is for you.

For me, ever since I finished 29029, you know, I've felt this just sort of being in this kind of trough is the best way I can explain it. Like I felt like, you know, I had, so much energy and effort and motivation and like everything in my life is sort of like working towards this goal. And in the aftermath, you know, there's kind of the drop off in that and there's kind of this trough. And I've just felt like we I was not expecting this. I was just expecting it to feel really good, right? Like, I thought maybe this would be you know, I think we all secretly think, like, once I do this thing, I'm going to get an off ramp to the negative experiences of my life. And I think there's a part of my brain that kind of thought that then I would just like, get to be happy and accomplished and joyful forever once I accomplished this thing. And of course, that's not the case, right?

And it's just been such a surprise to kind of like, you know, feel the lead down of that and kind of be in this trough. And I was feeling kind of discouraged about that. And I read a thought from my podcast editor, my amazing podcast editor. She was talking about her garden on Instagram and she was talking about the bitter sweetness that happens, you know, in those in the final days of harvest. And there's like so much joy and so much production and so much creation. And it's just like really, really sweet and really joyful. And she said at the same time, like that harvest is inseparably connected with death and that I'm going to harvest these plants and then they're going to die and the ground is going to be fallow and nothing is going to be growing and nothing's going to be producing, being produced for a little bit. And then that's going to feel like a loss, especially after the harvest, after all this production and all this creation, and how that is a very natural cycle in our lives and how we kind of fight against that, right?

Like we just like the harvest. We just want the production all the time. We just want the joy and the accomplishment in the end, the end result all the time and that afterwards. That death or that emptiness can feel so acute. But it was such a like relief and a powerful reminder to me to know, like this is an actual natural part of your accomplishment, that after the harvest comes death. And so, I've sort of been in this place where I'm just like, you know, the ground is bare and I'm feeling the loss of it. And so, as I have kind of gone through that the last few weeks, I've just wanted to share some of the things that I have learned, some of the things that are helping me in this kind of like melancholy, bittersweet, dark place that I'm in right now. And as I work my way through the darkness, these thoughts are the things that have helped me. They've been the tethers of hope that have helped me and reminded me that I am okay. And so I wanted to share these things with you and things that I want you to remember. When it feels dark, when it feels heavy, when hope feels lost and you're having to fight to feel okay, okay?

And like, I actually thought this is going to be a really quick episode. I feel like, well, have I learned that much? But as I wrote the episode, I actually came up with ten things. So, I just want to give you these ten things to remember. When you're in the darkness and you want to feel a little bit of hope. And the first one I've already said, and that is just that transitions and death and like the sort of troughs that we go through are a natural part of our life. And we are not actually supposed to always be up high. We're not always supposed to be at the top, you know, of the curve. And like, this is just a natural cycle that we all go through and we don't have to think anything's gone wrong or that we are wrong because we're in this natural cycle that's just a part of life. The second thing that I want you to remember is that you are for sure doing better than you know, okay? Like your brain is just programmed to minimize what is going well, what you are doing well, what you are accomplishing. And and to like, amplify where you are feeling.

And it has been so, like, shocking. I know it shouldn't be, but it's been shocking to see the way my brain has treated the accomplishments I made at 29029 in the weeks since. And as the days have progressed, my brain has made my accomplishments smaller and smaller and smaller, and it has made my failures on the mountain. And my shortcomings are or the things that I think like that could have been better. It has made those bigger and bigger to the point that last week I was at this point where I was just like, basically my brain was saying I hadn't done anything special, anything worthwhile, and that like my mistakes so outweighed it that I felt shame and sadness every time I thought about it, which is just, like, so unfair.

Like, I remember talking to David about it, and he was just like, Listen, you cannot let your brain tell you that this was nothing. You cannot let your brain minimize this. And when he said that, I just realized what was happening. It wasn't that I had actually failed, it wasn't that I had actually done it wrong. It was just that my brain had like, latched on to those things, it made those bigger. And as it did that, my accomplishments naturally had to get smaller and smaller. And so, I actually had to, like, intentionally decide how I was going to tell the story of 29029. I know, I know. That sounds ridiculous. I know you think like, well, how can you think that was nothing? Listen, your brain can do that and it does do that. And if it can do that with. An accomplishment like 29029. It for sure can do that with other things in my life. If for sure I can do that in in terms of my motherhood, in terms of my business, in terms of my marriage, in terms of my discipleship, it can minimize any accomplishment and any success and any good that I am doing in my life and turn it into nothing and amplify and emphasize my failures, my shortcomings, where I didn't meet my expectations, where I should have been better.

And I want you to know that that is happening all the time in your life. You are doing so much better than you know. You are accomplishing so much more than your brain is giving you credit for. It just it's not dangerous or threatening it all the things you have done. And so your brain has like made those irrelevant and amplified your failures. And I, I want you to be aware of that. I want you to know that it's so important that you know what's happening so that you can decide, no, I'm no longer going to tell the story of my motherhood, for example, in terms of my failures, I'm no longer going to tell the story of my money, for example, in terms of my failures or where I did it wrong or where I'm not good enough.

And I'm going to decide how I tell this story. I'm going to emphasize where I am making progress, where I where I have done great work. And you got to be tough with your brain in these moments. It feels so easy to just give in to the, like, negative story and you've got to just like really be firm and be like, No, I am no longer going to tell the story like that. I am no longer going to believe that that I didn't do enough. I did. I did exactly what I had.

I gave everything I had. And that is always enough. Okay. The third thing that I want you to remember is that you don't have to produce all the time. And actually you don't have to produce anything. You don't have to accomplish anything to be okay. You just are okay. You just have to be you just have to breathe in and out. Let your heart be just exist. That is enough. You do not have to, like, be in production. And listen, I know it feels uncomfortable to not be right. And like, in these moments since 29029 then I'm like, Oh my gosh, Well, maybe I should just, like, get a goal and get motivated so they can get out of this trough. Know what I need to do is know that I am okay doing nothing. And that and all of us are like our worth and our value in our brokenness is never based on what we are doing. And it can be so easy to fall into the trap of like busyness and production as a measure of worth and value.

And I really want to remind you that you are a human being and you are not a factory. You do not have to produce all the time. And you cannot earn your worthiness either way. Whether you decide to produce something, they decide to accomplish something, create something that will never add one thing or subtract one thing from your worthiness.

Okay, number four The fourth thing I want you to remember is there is no off ramp to the human experience. No matter what you do, no matter what you create, no matter what experiences you choose for yourself, you're still going to be you. You're still going to have your brain, and that does not mean that you're doing it wrong, right? Like I chose the experience of 29029. I'm so grateful I did it, it was an experience that I will never forget. And at the end of it, I'm still me. And I still have a brain that wants to tell me that I'm not okay. And there is no offramp. There is nothing you can choose to do. There is nothing you can accomplish. There is no business you can create. There is no family you can like make perfect and escape. You escape the human experience. Escape the resistance that your brain is going to continue to offer you. And that does not mean you're doing it wrong. For a few weeks now, I have told myself, like, Listen, I did this thing and now I should be happy. That is nonsense, okay? I didn't do this thing and then escaped the fall. I didn't do this thing. And then my brain was, like, magically transformed into a new brain that doesn't see the negative. It's still the same brain. It's still me. Okay? And you don't have to make yourself wrong because you.

You are still you and you are still you are still having the human experience. I think that so many of us do this in our lives, we think when I get here it's going to be so much easier to be happy when I get married, when I have kids, when I get this job, when I get this promotion, when I accomplish this thing. And we're just like thinking that like that surely is the way out of this like, darkness in my own head. I'm just here to tell you that. No, there isn't. There isn't an offramp. There's just the fight that you're going to make every single day. Tomorrow you're going to wake up and you're still going to be a fallen being in this world. And your brain is still going to offer you a negative story about everything about you and everything in your life. And then it's time to choose again, it's time to go to work and to and to fight for your happiness and fight for your creation. But there is not a destination at which that is going to go away. And that does not mean that you did it wrong or that you are doing it wrong.

Number five, this is a lesson that I just apparently am going to spend my life relearning and relearning, and that is that resistance to where you are just makes it harder. And I know that I just learned it at 29029 and I told you all about how I was resisting where I was. And I like learned again that that just makes it harder. And yet here I am again. These last couple of weeks, I've been resisting the melancholy, resisting those feelings of discouragement and despair and like, oh, heaviness, and I've been saying I shouldn't be here. I should be I should be happy. I should I should be overjoyed, right? And listen, our resistance. Is just making that harder. Now, of course, I am choosing the sadness, I am choosing. That feeling of lost. I am choosing confusion by by believing my brain. But I have to first stop resisting the choice I'm making. I have to make myself safe. By that I mean like I have to make it okay that I'm making this choice before I can choose another one.

It's like, Yes, I am choosing this experience. I'm believing my brain and I'm feeling bad. And that's okay. As soon as I can, like, drop my resistance to the fact that my brain is still producing negative thoughts and I'm sometimes choosing even now, to believe my brain and feel bad and notice what's gone wrong and and give in to the despair and believe all of that negative story. Like, that's okay. Turns out I'm still practicing. I'm still being a human. My brain is still doing and I'm still learning to choose. And as soon as I can just recognize like, Yeah, I'm choosing. This discouragement, this despair, this sorrow. And it's okay. Like it makes it so much easier when I am ready to choose something else.

To go along with that, number six, what I want to remind you of is you are never your feelings. Your feelings are just a choice you're making, sometimes consciously, sometimes not. Honestly, the last three weeks I've just been unconsciously choosing the sorrow, right?Anmhat's okay. But I just want to remind you that. I'm it's I'm we're always just choosing an experience. We aren't the experience. And when we over identify with our feelings, we tend to shame ourselves and categorize ourselves and tell ourselves I'm just a negative person. No matter what happens here I come. I'm always back here in this dark place because I'm just a negative person. Listen. No, you are never your feelings, right? I was talking to a client the other day and I was saying, like, you know, like, think about your feelings, like, wet and dry, for example.

Those are just states of, like, being right. Like, and you would never say, Well, I'm just a wet person. I'm just a dry person, right? No, like, sometimes I'm wet, the shower, I'm wet. And when I get out of the shower and towel off, I am dry. But that's just like an experience I'm having. I am not that thing. And I really want you to think about your feelings in the same way You are not, you know, despair. You are not sad, you're not discouraged. You're just having the experience. And I really just I want to remind you of that, that you are never your feelings.

Your feelings are just a choice. And and that's like, whatever one you're making right now, it's okay. Drop your resistance to that and and just acknowledge I'm making this choice and it's okay. And when I'm ready, I can make a different one.

Okay, the next thing that I want to remind you of is just like the nuance of the human experience. We sometimes think of it just like so. Like black and white. There's two poles. I'm either happy or I'm unhappy. I'm either heartbroken or I'm joyful, right?And we tend to think of ourselves as like one or the other. And then the jump from unhappy to happy is so big and overwhelming. We just get discouraged. So I just want to offer you the hope that there is a whole spectrum between unhappy and happy, right? Between heartbroken and and joyful. Between despair and hope. Like there is just a whole spectrum of emotions. And you don't have to go from one end of the spectrum to the other in one leap. And there's so much power in simply like raising your emotional vibration just one notch and just like making a small shift from like despair into acceptance. Maybe that's even too big of a jump. Maybe we just go from despair into discontent.

I want you to think about the full emotional scale, almost like a number line. Right. And if you were at -100, you don't have to get too positive. 100, right? We just need to, like, work our way up one little notch at a time. One little shift at a time, one little change in our thoughts at a time, and then increase the amount of time every day that we spend in that slightly higher vibration. And one way that you can do that is simply adding the phrase and it's okay to the end of your thoughts. So, for example, if you just think I'm so discouraged right now to simply say I'm so discouraged right now and that's okay, just brings you to a slightly higher emotional vibration and you really just want to think about that.

Like even a small shift in a thought, even if I just felt 1% better, 10% better is enough to like start to create some positive momentum towards the positive side of the emotional scale. Okay. The next thing that I want to say, just to offer you some hope, is that I want you to give up trying so hard to be good. Okay, so what do I mean by that? I think in our lives, sometimes we just we are trying so hard to do it right. We are trying so hard to be good, right? To be the good wife, to be a good mother, to be a good disciple, to be a good coach, to be all these like good things. And in that effort, sometimes it's because we are trying to outrun our badness and we're trying to like, pretend like our badness doesn't exist or we're trying to like, like over time, progressively, like, be more good than bad. And we're trying to like, you know, as Nadia Bolz-Weber says, like, we're just so focused on progressive sanctification.

We're just like, we're just trying to get ourselves better so that we can outrun our darkness, outrun our badness. And I think it can be such a relief to simply acknowledge that I am both. I am good and bad. We are all both. We are all the things right. We are the saint and the sinner. We are the light and the darkness. We are the good and the bad. We are all the things. And when we just like stop running from that and we just accept. Yeah, 50% of me is a mess, is bad, is not good, is selfish, is angry, is all of those things.

And 50% of me is amazing and triumphant and good and gracious and kind and loving. And when we acknowledge, like I am both. And it doesn't matter because grace is what saves me. Grace is like what I need. It is such a relief. The focus needs to not be on being good. It needs to be on accepting and finding grace and stop trying to prove something to yourself.

Stop trying to prove you are okay through your goodness. Because when we do that, when we're trying to prove like I am okay by ignoring our badness, like it just we're running from it, were hiding from it. We're trying to pretend we're not bad. And then what we're confronted with are badness. Like, we're just kind of, like, swallowed in the shame of it. And so I really want you to let down your fight against your badness. And I think it's the the the negative parts of you. And except we are all the things and that is okay. We are just like, we cannot earn our worthiness. We cannot earn grace. It's it's not something that we can climb to or progress to or work our way to. And like on some level, we're uncomfortable with accepting the free gift of grace. And I think it's easier to accept when you're just like, yeah, there is like 50% of me that I there's never going to be right. There's never going to be good. And it's okay because there is grace.

Like when you can acknowledge that I'm just a human and I am good and bad and I am all of the things. Then you can allow yourself the space to practice, to practice choosing and to recognize like. Like, that's just one other thing that I want to tell you. Like you are practicing, You are a human. This is your first time on the mountain, your first ascent, and you don't know what you're doing and you don't know what to expect. And yet your doubts are going to come and your brain is going to win at parts of it, and it's okay. Like allow yourself the space to practice. If you allow yourself to not do it right and to, like, mess it up and to not condemn yourself, when that happens, it's going to be so much easier to choose something else and to get better at at the work of being a human.
The other day I was talking to my coach and I, you know, I told you, I've kind of been in this dark place. And I was just telling her, like, I wish so badly I could be different. I wish so badly that that happiness came easier for me, that I was better at making the choice and that that I could just be different. I just want so badly to be different. And she said, what would be different if you wanted to be the same? And that question has just given me so much relief. To just want to be me, to just want to be the same. To just want to be a human that is good and bad. To just want to be a human who is practicing, to just want to be a human is sometimes chooses darkness and despair. And it's okay. Like I can always make a different choice, but I don't have to like, hate myself and wish I was different in order to do it.

I really want to offer you that thought. Like what if you wanted to be the same, the same person with the same brain, with the same tendencies, who then just made different choices? Like there's so much relief in that you can make any choice you want at any moment that you want, but you don't have to hate yourself to do that. And you don't have to be fundamentally different and want to be fundamentally different in order to do that. And so I have just like like it's been such a relief and suchLike a kind sacred space for myself to just tell myself every day and many times a day, actually, I want to be the same. I want to be me. I want to be who I am in this body, in this experience. And at any moment, I can make a different choice. My choices are not me. I can be the same me and make different choices. And just like I was saying at the beginning, we don't need weapons when it's dark. We need hope, right? And I think most of all, what we need to do is drop our weapons against ourselves.

Whatever weapons you are holding against yourself, I invite you to drop that and just want to be you. Okay, I know this is long. The last thing that I want to say to you is just when it is dark, prioritize your connection. To others and to yourself. And the thing that keeps us from making connection is shame. Like, we keep thinking I should be at a different place. I should be experiencing my life different. I shouldn't be sad. I shouldn't be in this trough. I shouldn't be in the darkness. And then we don't connect with people. We don't share. We don't tell people where we're at. We don't even connect with ourselves because we're so mad at ourselves and we're just like ashamed of where we are and we don't want to look at it. Connection like. It just offers relief, even if nothing has changed. It makes you feel like you're not alone. Even with yourself. But I've just found over these last few weeks, sometimes I just want to hide from myself. I don't like who I am. I don't like the choice I'm making, and I just want to hide from myself.

But every time I open up and I connect with David and I share what's on my heart, I connect with my coach, I connect with my self, and I just be real with what's happening to me. Nothing has changed except my I'm able to let go of my shame. Like I'm still in the same place. I'm still there emotionally, but. But I feel connected. I don't feel alone because I've released my shame about it. And so I just want to invite you to find a place to connect either with yourself or with somebody else, and to prioritize that connection.

Stop telling yourself, like, I got to make myself presentable before I can connect with someone. I got to, like, get my act together before I can, like, connect with people because nobody's going to want to connect with this. You got to love you. You got to love who you are and connect with yourself where you are and then drop your shame and connect with someone else.

Okay. Like I said, I thought this is going to be a short episode. And here we are. All right. So I just want you to know, like, every time I outline my podcast, I make a list of things that I wish you knew. So today I just want to share that list. Like, what are the things that I wish each one of you knew? And what I hope you get from this podcast is that you are okay. This place that you are in is just a choice. And you won't be here forever. And it's okay that you're choosing to be here.

Your choices don't define you. You don't need to be ashamed or upset with yourself for where you are. And the fact that it is a fight isn't a problem. The fact that we have to work relentlessly to overcome our brain despair and derision and minimizing of us like it's okay, that is just part of the human experience. Your brain is going to want to minimize you, but don't ever let it. You are good, you are powerful, you are strong, you are capable.

And you were never supposed to do it right. You're just practicing being a human. However you're doing it. Wherever you are, you are okay. You are everlastingly okay. And that, my friends, is 100% awesome. I love you for listening, and I'll see you next week.

Thanks so much for joining me on the podcast today. If you want to take the things I've talked about and apply them in your life so that you can love your Earth life experience. Sign up for a free coaching session at Aprilpricecoaching.com. This is where the real magic happens and your life starts to change forever. As your coach, I'll show you that believing your life is 100% awesome is totally available to every one of us. The way things are is not the way things have to stay. And that, my friends is 100% awesome!

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