Apparently yesterday was Mental Health Awareness Day.I think it is great that there is a day set aside for a dialogue about mental illness. I do however feel it is a dialogue we need to have every day with ourselves and with our loved ones. Mental wellness certainly requires an inner chat every day. It is a daily ongoing struggle to put that wellness front and center, to find the crucial tools for dealing with the highs and lows, the pitfalls and to give ourselves permission to be exactly however we are day by day. The inner struggle requires lots of dialogue and lots of acceptance.We need to be as kind to ourselves as we strive to be to others. It is ok to not be ok. In a life that ebbs and flows with joy, sorrow, challenge and victory it is perfectly normal to falter and fail and flounder. Cling to your own lifeline while taking hold of the help others offer. There is no easy , right way to journey through this life and even though it sometimes looks like everyone else has it figured out we are all swimming in the same uncertain waters.