This morning I attended my first Fluro Friday with the OneWave crew …
Who are OneWave & what is Fluro Friday?
‘’OneWave holds weekly Fluro Friday sunrise sessions at beaches around the world to raise awareness for mental health. We dress up in the brightest outfits possible and surf/swim/do yoga. Fluro makes people smile and it gets people asking important questions, which are normally avoided about mental health. Everyone is welcome and it is a free event.’’
What made me want to go?
I have run past the crew sitting on the beach many times and often stopped to take a photo / wondered what they were all about. After some digging on Instagram I knew what they did but wasn’t sure it was ‘for me’.
I wasn’t sure because I was nervous and embarrassed. Did I really need to go and talk to strangers about what was on my mind?.
But then, after my recent changes in lifestyle and the amount of conflicting thoughts in my head I decided:
* So what if I was nervous?! It would be good for me to try (and if I didn’t enjoy it I didn’t have to go again).
* I never let embarrassment get the better of me in life. So I’m not about to start now, with my mind (something that actually matters!). Point is: Yes, maybe I did ‘’really need to go and talk to strangers’’.
What I did.
I simply went to the beach, and set up camp among everyone dressed in fluro. Every single person had a kind word and a smile for each other.
We all sat in a circle, some of us shared our stories. Some of us didn’t. I told everyone why I was there and was met by a welcome air of genuine understanding.
I was one of five new OneWavers today and I think that really counts for something – it wasn’t just me who thought now was the best time to take the step and start the conversation. It was comforting to not be the only one – but that’s a very important (!) point; we never are the only one.
How I felt.
I talked about my recent change from a crazy social life to pulling it right back to focusing on my-self and my-well-being. I buried my hands in the sand as I talked and nearly welled up at one point (classic me!) but by the time I had briefly shared my issues I felt comfortable and glad I had said it.
I was no longer nervous.
I was no longer embarrassed.
I was proud of myself for being brave to speak up. I was glad of the nice new people around me.
What did I take away from this morning?
The people of OneWave are awesome. Don’t be afraid to reach out if you are local – it will be worth your while no matter what walk of life you are from. If OneWave isn’t near you, there will hopefully be doctors / nearby support groups who can help you get back on track.
Don’t be afraid.
Sometimes you gotta do it, count to three and just think ”I’m doing it” or ”I’m saying it, right now” and just go for it – chances are you’ve got nothing to lose and a lot to gain.
Don’t be nervous or embarrassed for who you are – if you don’t have anyone to talk to you can always talk to me. I’m no expert but I’m human, I’m a good listener (sometimes I give damn good advice too;). Mainly though; I want to help (if I can).
I will always reply.
Thank you for reading & Thanks to all the OneWave crew, especially @picsbydb for letting me use his awesome photos! Happy Friday indeed!