You Don’t Need to Be “Healed” to Pursue Your Dreams: Here’s Why

We all have dreams. Whether it’s to get married, start our own business, or write a best-selling novel, we all have something that we aspire to do. But what if you have past traumas that you are trying to heal from? Does that mean you can’t achieve your dreams? Absolutely not! The ironic truth is that this myth can prevent you from the people, places, and pursuits that would actually help you recover.

So, instead of avoiding people, places, and things that make you feel uncomfortable, what if you started to view them as opportunities for growth?

Your feelings aren’t necessarily facts

It’s important to remember that your feelings aren’t necessarily facts. Just because you feel like you’re not good enough, doesn’t mean that’s the truth.

You are worthy of love and belonging, just as you are.

We want to encourage you to go after your dreams, even if they scare you. The people, places, and things that once caused you pain can now be used as fuel to help you achieve your dreams. You are strong and capable, and we believe in you. Never give up on yourself, because we know you can achieve anything you set your mind to.

Taking action can be healing

One way to begin exploring this topic is by asking yourself: “What am I dreaming about that I’m not currently moving towards?” For example, let’s say you’ve always wanted to travel the world but your trauma has made you feel like it’s not safe to leave your home.

Start with baby steps.

Research countries that interest you and begin planning a trip-even if it’s just in your mind for now. The key is to start moving towards what you want instead of away from it.

Another example could be wanting to get married but feeling like you need to heal more before you’re ready for a relationship.

Start by going on date night with your friends or family, or even just taking yourself out on dates! The goal is to start practicing being in a healthy relationship with yourself and others.

You don’t need to be healed to pursue your dreams, but pursuing your dreams can actually help you heal. So go after what you want and never give up on yourself. You are worthy of love and belonging, just as you are. We believe in you.

Start before you’re healed

You’ve been through a lot. You’ve faced hardship, heartache, and trauma. It’s no wonder that you don’t feel “healed enough” to move on with your life. But what if the most healing thing you could do for yourself is to start before you feel “healed enough”?

By taking action, even when you don’t feel ready, you’re sending a powerful message to yourself: I am capable. I am strong. I can do this.

And as you take those first steps forward, you may find that the healing process begins to accelerate.

So if you’re waiting for the perfect moment to start living your life again, consider this reframe: that perhaps the most healing thing you could do for yourself is to start before you feel “healed enough.” It just might be the best decision you ever make.

The takeaway

You don’t need to be healed to pursue your dreams, but pursuing your dreams can actually help you heal. So go after what you want and never give up on yourself. You are worthy of love and belonging, just as you are. We believe in you.

 

Jonas Hill Hospital & Clinic, a division of Caldwell Memorial Hospital provides our community with safe, dignified and integrated care for adult patients experiencing an acute mental health need. We provide hope, treatment, and healing through a holistic program of evidence-based psychiatric treatment, team-based medical care, and education provided by engaging and dedicated professionals in a safe and healing environment. Contact us today for more information. A safe space to heal.

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