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4AM by Jacqueline Biollo

4:22 AM | Jacqueline Biollo, MBA, ICD.D

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It’s been years since I needed an alarm clock to wake up in the morning. Regardless of the time I went to bed or how many times I woke up and went to the bathroom throughout the night, my internal clock always seemed in a rush to start a new day.

But lately, the weight of the world seems to be tempting me to stay in bed just a little bit longer, to press the proverbial snooze button, or just roll over and go back to bed… for the entire day. Anxiety, depression, pain, and suffering are too real for many, and our coping methods and strategies vary.

Like many, I have an outer shell that many assume is made of properties that are highly resistant to meltdowns or attacks. The unique properties that I try to emulate are to conquer fear, disappointment, uncertainty, and a wide range of other emotions. However, my inner shell is made of precious properties that leave me vulnerable and less confident. Properties I work through in my brain to overcome.

For it is likely in the wee hours of the morning when the endless possibilities and potential of the day ahead start playing out like a movie right before my eyes. Using every strategic, critical, and problem-solving bone in my body, I push away the bad or negative and grasp to grab and pull in the good or positive.

The demons are quiet most days, but as I’ve witnessed firsthand, there are many whose demons are forever present or who strike them down just as they are trying to get up repeatedly. Mental health, self-doubt, loneliness, and a lengthy list of systemic barriers have long since been the root cause of many a dark day. My struggles are few and far between, but I’m not so brazen to realize I’m one of the lucky ones. I have a support system to turn to when I need a helping hand, a shoulder to cry on, or just a sounding board to listen to.

Often enough, I’m asked how I can be so positive in the face of adversity, my secret to success, or the fuel that feeds my fire. I would offer it free if I knew the magic combination of personality traits and characteristics that could take away someone’s darker moments in life. But at the same time, I know that the moments that challenge me the most, the ones that beg me to pull the covers over my head and shut out the world, are the same ones that give me the strength and willpower to pull the covers off, jump out of bed, and face the day head-on. I believe in my ability to learn from each experience and contemplate how to improve a situation better… one day at a time.

If you are struggling, don’t press the snooze button on life. Find the resources to help you dream of a future filled with possibility and potential.
Jacqueline Biollo’s raison d’être is to be a steadfast friend and confidant, a source of inspiration and motivation to everyone with whom she encounters. She invites you to follow her and even reach out and introduce yourself to her on social media.

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