At a young age, we start learning to be independent and hear of the importance of being self-reliant. “If you want something done right, do it yourself,” they say.
I had subscribed to this myself, but more and more I’m learning it’s not always true. Yes, I love being thought of as the capable, reliable one. Yes, sometimes it will turn out better if I do it myself. But I have discovered that not admitting you need help is a weakness.
We are not meant to do it all by ourselves. Families, friends, and co-workers – each of these people have a place in our lives, and they are there for a purpose. They are there not only to accomplish their own goals but to contribute as a whole – as part of a community.
They each have their place. It is wrong to assume it must be “all you.” In doing so, you overburden and weaken yourself, and take away growth, inspiration, and opportunities for others. When you try to do too much, you are not able to do your best job of it, and your well-being is at stake. Your own health and welfare should not be overlooked!
You are not at your best if you are struggling to keep it afloat, to keep it together, or just trying to keep yourself from losing it altogether. You are not living your best life, and you’re not doing yourself or others a favor.
It is okay to ask for help when you need it!
Yes, it is great to be capable and self-reliant, but know your limits, and don’t be afraid to admit them. Understanding and admitting your limitations enough to ask for what you need is a sign of self-awareness and an opportunity to learn and grow.
When you take care of yourself, you can be your best, both for yourself and others.
You are worth it.