Are you still in The Cave?
There have been two major cave rescues in the past couple of years. 33 Chilean miners were rescued from being trapped for 69 days, after the roof of the cave collapsed. A Thai soccer team was rescued this month after being trapped in a cave while exploring it as a team building exercise. While the Thai soccer team is still in recovery, doctors are more worried about the boys mental health than they are their physical health.
Doctors are worried that even though the boys are free, mentally they will still be in that cave. Those feelings of anxiety, worry, and panic will stick with them for some time. They will be easily triggered by events or feelings that remind them of being trapped in that cave. Some of the boys may even experience PTSD. It will take some time, but the boys will heal from this event. These two stories actually parallel our own lives, and sometimes we don’t even realize it.
These young boys were physically trapped in a cave, but what was your cave? What have you experienced that you may be physically free from but still mentally trapped? Was it a bad relationship? Suffering a huge disappointment or major set back career wise? Was it an actual physical trauma? No matter what you have experienced that has you mentally trapped, You are free!!!!
Being mentally trapped can hold you back from so many things that you could be missing in the here and now. Being mentally trapped in a past relationship could be stopping you from loving your current partner properly. Being mentally trapped from a major career let down could be stopping you from flourishing in your current position, and progressing like you know you should be. Being mentally trapped from a physical trauma can be almost crippling because you are easily triggered by anything that reminds you of that experience.
You are free!!!! It may be difficult to realize at first, but you are free. That experience has shaped you in a major way that can be a good thing if you appreciate the experience and learn from it. Bad relationships can teach us the depths of our own happiness, and what we want and deserve in a relationship. Career setbacks teach us to work even harder for what we deserve, or to remove ourselves from situations that don’t make us happy or progress our careers. You are free from that situation, but if you allow yourself to stay trapped mentally, you will be stifling your own growth. There are people who love and care for you and who want to see you succeed. Lean on your support groups for healing, and seek outside help if you need it, but don’t allow yourself to stay trapped. Are you still in the cave?
About The Author
Dash is a modern-day “classic” man. He’s a military man, a Alpha Man, a inspirational speaker and everything in between. You can find him at your next party being the life of it and always stressing to have a good time. Follow him on all social media needs @aguynamedash and @visionarypresentations