A few years ago I was driving home when my car died and I came to a rolling stop in the middle of the road. Luckily, I was on a down hill slop so I coasted into an empty parking lot. Not sure what was going on I looked around and then realized it had been several days since I had gotten gas. Yes, my car had run out of gas. I was one of “those people” who had allowed their car to run on empty and eventually deplete the required fuel in order to run properly. I buried my head in my hands in shame and mentally beat myself up for being so stupid. It was almost 11pm and I had to do something I really dreaded…call my dad. I sat there for a few more minutes after finally picking up my phone and dialing home. Dad came to my rescue with a gas can and a stern talking to about not ignoring the gas light. Dad followed me home and I have never again allowed myself to run out of gas.
Sometimes, in life, we have these moments. We are literally running on empty and eventually we just stop all together. We sit, we cry, we beat ourselves up, but eventually we have to pick ourselves up and move forward. It’s not always an easy thing to do, and we may dread it and even put it off for as long as possible. However, if we stay where we stop then everything stops. It’s okay to ask for help, and it’s even okay to let someone take the wheel for a short period, but don’t quit.
I had gotten to the point where I had given up. I had quit and I didn’t care about continuing on. After several years of some pretty rough substance abuse, and very severe depression, I had finally realized that I wasn’t going to get better on my own. I had to ask for help, and I did. I got the help I needed and I was finally able to move on. There are still bumps in the road, and you may even run out of gas again later on, but just know that the possibility to move on is always an option. I still pass gas stations and, out of habit, will check my gas tank indicator to make sure I’m not running on empty. I know that, just because I fill up, it does mean my car will continue on forever. I have to check it and stay on top of things to make sure I don’t end up in the same situation as before. Our lives are the same way. Don’t give up just because you run out of gas, or hit a bump in the road. Keep going. You’re not alone!