Chase writes about his journey finding himself amidst mental illness.
Experiences are what make us who we are; they are how we evolve into the human that we want to be. No experience is a negative experience as long as we learn from it and change our behavior for the better. Forgiving ourselves for our mis-steps is the only way we can move forward and do what we now know is right for us. Sometimes, it can be so hard to decide what aspects of ourselves are making decisions. Often times, imbalanced chemistries from combinations of prescription drugs, or foreign energies, can be in the driver’s seat when our true being is in the passenger’s seat screaming at us to try and take over the wheel. We find out who we truly are in the moments we take our power back — the moments that we say: this doesn’t feel right. Finding our truth isn’t always easy, and when we look back on what has led us to find our truths, it can feel wrong. It feels wrong, because we were not ourselves then. We may never stop cringing at or berating ourselves when those memories come up, but we have to accept that that was something we walked through — - without affecting anything but our learning —- to find our true self. Mistakes do not exist as long as we gain control, because, at the end of the day, they brought us to our true self. The more we can uncover and embody our true self, the more we can assist others in finding theirs. In these moments, we grow. And when we grow, we see that the only thing we need is within ourselves. And since we bring ourselves back to center, we know what we would or would never do, as the person we truly are. And in life, when those around us become the person they are meant to be, the person they became by taking the right steps at the right times, we feel blessed. Blessed that they were able to get where they wanted to be on their own, remaining in their truth; never nearly stray from it. Their truth will always remain, even if it was found without nearly self-sabotaging before getting there. And our truths will always remain, even if we felt close to being robbed of it. No matter how much someone feels like the victim to their circumstances, it is always up to them to take their power back, to say what is true. Accepting ourselves, and our lessons, even if we think they didn’t help much in the moment, for the role they have played in our life- the role they have played in taking our power back, brings us closer to the essence of who we all are, and closer to healing the world.