“Following Your Heart”
I will be very, very honest. My event that is coming up this Friday (20th) has been giving me a lot of anxiety and stress. I know that’s the opposite of what my event is supposed to do. However, it is not what you think. I so badly want this event to be successful, and help others, but situations keep popping up that feel like my event is doomed. When I first announced to people that I wanted to do this event, I got a mix of responses ranging from “that’s awesome!” to “why would you do this to yourself? do you know how stressful this is going to be?” Both responses are correct, however, I wasn’t going to let the “fear” of the responsibilities needed to do this event scare me away. People have reached out to me sharing their stories because they felt more comfortable opening up after hearing parts of my own, and knowing that I may help at least one person in the audience, is good enough. Every. Single. Life. Matters.
For those who have been keeping up, you know that I’ve faced some major issues while planning this event. One of which resulted in me “canceling” the music portion (there will still be music, just no live performers) which honestly crushed me. Music is a HUGE part of who I am and how I deal with my mental health. However, the most important part of this event are the speeches. I’ve been dealing with other issues related to the event that I will not go into, but I’m trying to take the positives from them. Everything that’s happened/happening with the event are learning experiences I can take that will help me make the next one even better. This is my first event I’ve ever planned and executed, and I was definitely lost on where to start. All I knew was that I wanted to be a bigger advocate and help others in person, not just online. Thank you to all who’ve helped me put this event together, and for those who have been/are supporting me with this. From the bottom of my heart, I truly thank you all 🖤