is a guest column by Tasha Richardson a Public Ally for the National Runaway Safeline. She dreams of changing the world one thought and positive…

is a guest column by Tasha Richardson a Public Ally for the National Runaway Safeline. She dreams of changing the world one thought and positive interaction at a time.  She is in her third term of service with AmeriCorps and would love to dedicate her life to service in the years to come. 

“Do. You.” provides helpful tips on coping strategy, being more resilient, and working through problems. This first installment encourages us to look for solutions within ourselves.

Right now,

it may seem as if your world has been turned upside down and that it can only be fixed by making a drastic change.

For youth, this drastic change can look like running away, seeking emancipation from our parents, or dropping out of school.

For parents, it can look like kicking our child out of the house, allowing our child to do whatever s/he pleases, or removing the child from our custody altogether.

Our solutions may vary, but it all boils down to this: “My life sucks right now and __________ is to blame.  All I have to do is remove this from my life and it will be okay.”

We have every right to feel this way–this is our present reality and only we know what pain we may be living through.  The purpose of this blog post is to allow us to embrace the pain of our present reality, while also opening ourselves up to entertaining a third option, option 3.  Option 3 still recognizes hardships and advocates the need for a drastic change, but instead of placing externally, it empowers us by allowing us to see our role in the matter.

Option 3 says, “I am empowered and fully accept that my present reality can and will change because the thoughts and stories I am telling myself are new and better ones.”

Option 3 is called “Do you.”

What does it mean to ‘do you?’  It means the ability to a) reclaim your mental space, b) dare to make things different by telling a new story about your present circumstances, and c) seeing the things that you can change on the inside without necessarily changing outside circumstances.

We will be exploring the different facets of this do you philosophy and learning about the three principles in depth in the forthcoming blog posts.  Here’s to us!  May we have the strength, courage, and drive to do us no matter what!

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