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  • Writer's pictureTommy Cicero

Our biggest supporters

"And there are people that will stand in your corner and convince you to stand up for another round no matter what."

Life is full of ups and downs. Some days we are riding high. Other days we are feeling low. Sometimes, it's a rollercoaster ride of emotions tugging us through the day. The rough and tough days are much more manageable with the help of our support systems. From our loved ones to our strongest work allies, having people in our corner can provide us the boost we need to keep us on track and in good spirits.

I never realized how much I relied on the support of others while I was growing up. I considered myself more of a loner who liked to do things on my own. I rarely asked for help; not because I did not need it, but because I did not want it. Even though I isolated myself from others most of the time, I was fortunate enough to have people there for me when I needed them the most. My family and friends comforted me when relationships didn't work out or setbacks made me want to give up on life. I am truly grateful for having had people to turn to in my darkest hours. I found reaching out for help is a strength and not a weakness.

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My experience as a case manager for a transitional housing program for youngs adults helped me to realize how important it is to have people supporting us and being our biggest fans, especially when we are feeling hopeless or helpless. I found comfort in developing relationships with young adults who were dealt some really crappy hands in life. I saw how much of a difference it made. I did not realize how much my effort to support and encourage others would inspire me to want to help even more people. I was inspired to start writing Subatomic Zen for this very reason.

Whenever we are faced with hardships, or just having a bad day, there is always someone we can turn to for support. Instead of covering up how we feel, or not wanting to be a burden on someone else, all we have to do is reach out. It can make all the difference by turning a bad day into one that gives us more hope that tomorrow will be better. We don't need an army of supporters. In fact, sometimes it's quality over quantity when it comes to our truest allies. We can also do the same for others by reaching out to those who we feel might need to know they have someone in their corner rooting for them. We simply have to reach out.

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