OPINION: It’s okay to not be okay. Here’s what being true to yourself can do for you

Some days, getting out of bed just doesn't seem worth it. (Photo illustration by Abigail Compton | Collegian Media Group)

It’s okay to not be okay.

We hear that saying a lot. For instance, we hear it from a loved one when we’re upset, and maybe we even say it to them in return.

In a way, we tend to forget that it’s okay to not be okay. We instead hide behind a mask pretending like everything is perfectly fine. It’s like we’re escaping from reality.

Here’s the thing, though: it’s okay to have breakdowns and to be open with friends and family.

Yeah, it seems scary, but it’s the best way to get through a situation. Whether it’s because of school, a break up, or some sort of traumatic event happening in life, we all have these moments. We all go through tough times.

When you're feeling down, sometimes all you need is a friend — even a furry one. (Photo illustration by Abigail Compton | Collegian Media Group)

I used to shut people out, but ever since I began to be open with my friends and family, things have gotten better. I learned that it was okay to break down and be upset because I’m not perfect.

I would always try to be perfect, but then I learned that perfection doesn’t exist. Believe me, it took me a long time to get to this place.

Now, I call my mom almost every week because I’m stressed out about school or because I’m struggling with a personal issue. Your loved ones will always be there for you no matter what. That’s what they are there for, to be with you every step of the way.

Reach out to them, because trust me, they would be more than happy to help you through whatever you’re going through. So just remember, it’s okay to not be okay.

Gabrielle Albertson is a senior in mass communications. The views and opinions expressed in this column are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Collegian. Please send comments to opinion@kstatecollegian.com.