Your next chapter might be your greatest one!

The world is weary. 

And, even if you don’t feel that right now, most likely there is a part of you that is tired. Tired of hearing perturbing and distressing news. Tired of having to face shocking changes. Tired of wondering what else might come tomorrow. 

I feel like in the past few years the world has been feeling emotionally abused. And this wild ride does not show signs of slowing down. 2022 year has been a raging roller-coaster, and now we’re hearing rumors about possible food shortages and layoffs. 

As a wellness coach, my biggest question these days is: how do we handle this mayhem and remain functional? How do we find the strength to move forward, let alone – succeed? The answers may lie in the experiences of those who have been through hell and back before and are here to tell the story.  

In the past few years, I have been getting a lot of deja-vu. As a Georgian* national, living between Georgia and Russia in 1980s and 90s I lived through two revolutions, a civil war, countless food shortages and profound lack of civil rights. Georgia was essentially at war with Russia in 1991, those were the scariest times of my life, and I still can’t fully put my experiences into words. 

But what I can express is this: no matter how worrisome, disorienting or maddening your life is now, you CAN get through it. We will see a better life on the other end of this tunnel. I have lived through endless days and nights of terror and despair. It seemed like it will never be over, and I was vacillating between feeling paralyzed and enraged. But I’m here to tell you – everything has a beginning and an end. It is crucial to remember that now. 

Back in my 20s, I didn’t have the tools or the right support to handle such major disasters. I was crushed. PTSD and anxiety went on to haunt me for many years. But I was looking for a way out, and you know what? When you seek a solution, you will find it. 

I know that many of us have sustained major losses. And you may have lost friends or family, either literally or figuratively. You may have lost your job, possessions or even your dwelling. The amount of pain and sadness your hearts carry is staggering. It’s palpable. I could see the pain of millions of people when I was in my 20s, and I can see your pain now. But I am telling you – there absolutely ARE resources within and around you to help you get through dark times. 

On my healing journey, I realized that the human ability to overcome and bounce back is phenomenal. With the right tools, and support anyone can achieve victory over their circumstances. 

You may feel lost, powerless or scared. But I want you to hear me when I say that you are capable of overcoming your challenges. And if you can’t find the strength within – please, I beg you –  reach out, connect with others, open yourself up to help. Allow others to express their human nature by supporting you. There is nothing shameful or embarrassing about seeking assistance. 

Shame and guilt are products of judgement, and judgement is a tool of oppression and ultimately, abuse. 

So, my friends, being human is at the same time scary and amazing, because in the darkest of times, we can raise above our circumstances to become our strongest and best selves through healing and helping others heal. 

I thank you for being here with me right now, and I invite you to stay close. We’ll get through this together. and please promise me that you will take a good care of yourself. And if you don’t know how – look for answers every day, until you find them.
There is an important reason why you are in this world, and your next chapter might just be your greatest one!

Tamara Eristavi
Wellness coach

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