It’s Okay To Not Be Okay


It’s okay to not be okay.

You don’t have to pretend that life is perfect and nothing is wrong.

If I’ve learned nothing else through the death of my daughter, it’s that family and friends want to help. They want to be by your side and offer whatever encouragement you need.

So don’t pretend to be okay if you’re not. Whether it’s grief due to loss, or life has just decided to slap you in the face…it’s okay to not be okay.

Another thing to keep in mind is that everywhere we go, there are people who are not okay.

At the post office, in the coffee shop, at work, on the highway…there are thousands of people attempting to go on with life in the midst of difficult circumstances.

So instead of assuming the worst about that guy who just cut you off in traffic, maybe you should contemplate the possibility that they’ve just lost a child (and I’m sorry if I recently cut you off in traffic).

It’s okay to not be okay. But surround yourself with people who love you and will support you and help you out of the pit you may find yourself in. Whether it’s a shallow pit, or a really deep one…don’t climb out alone.

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Written by Derek Harvey
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Written by Derek Harvey


I'm Derek.

I live in Portland, Oregon with my beautiful wife, Tessa J., and my daughter, Journey.

I like to create better stories and experiences for people and leaders.

I like music, exploring and coffee. Lots of coffee. Strong coffee.

I'd love to hear your story and explore how I can partner with you in it.

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