Mental health is something that is so often overlooked. It’s something that is so important and something that we shouldn’t overlook – as it’s equally as important as physical health. I’ve spent my life battling mental illness, which over the past year, I’ve learned that it’s not so much a battle as it is accepting it, growing from it, and learning how to live with it. I’ve been less ashamed of it, refusing to hide it, and taking what I needed for it.
But I’ve still lived through the judgement of the world about my mental illness. However, when celebrities speak out about mental health – it makes me feel as though I don’t need to be ashamed.
Putting myself – my mental health – first, has been a learning experience.
When Simone Biles put hers first on the world biggest stage, I broke down in tears. Yes, I know that it wasn’t something that should make me cry, but it did. Because where as some will criticize her, I will tell you that moment felt like someone was saying no matter who you are, no matter what you do, it is okay breathe and take care of yourself.
It’s been a little over a month since the Olympics and Simone Biles took to Instagram to mark the milestone.
“can’t believe it’s already been a month.” she started the post.
And then continued, “Definitely not the way I planned the olympics going but I wouldn’t change anything for the world 🤎 I’m proud of myself and the career I’ve had thus far. this olympics doesn’t erase the past accomplishments I’ve achieved nor does it define who I am as an athlete. I’ve pushed through so much the past couple years , the word quitter is not in my vocabulary. for some of you that may be how you define me but keep talking because I can’t hear you over my 7 olympic medals which tied me for the most decorated gymnast EVER as well as most decorated american gymnast 😊🤭”
“Preach! Say it louder for the people in the back 💕,” her best friend and teammate Jordan Chiles commented on the post.
All I can say is thank you to Simone for putting herself first. She’s an inspiration on so many levels and I am personally thankful for that.