It’s Fine, I’m Fine

There is a running joke amongst my friend that we aren’t allowed to use the phrase, “it’s fine, i’m fine,” anymore. The phrase typically follows a conversation that is a confession of things going on in our world or things we are struggling with. We joked about it until we realized that we needed to stop coining that phrase and using it as a cop-out to sit in vulnerability only momentarily. The phrase became a way to turn off the light and tiptoe back into the dark room where we could settle for hiding our shortcomings and struggles instead of letting the light continuously give us self-awareness and let the people closest to us in on the battles we were up against. We believed this phrase was a get out of jail free card when instead it was sending us back to that place. You see, I have come to realize that…

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