Paulina Porizkova shares vulnerable post about 'starting over': 'Every day I wake up crying'

Paulina Porizkova spoke about her mental health problems when starting over in a new home. (Photo: John Parra / Getty Images for Sports Illustrated)
Thanks to social media, Paulina Porizkova has become something of a mental health attorney who can always be relied on when speaking openly to followers about her headspace and processing, whether it's depression, loneliness, or grief over death about husband Ric Ocasek in 2019.
Most recently, the supermodel documented the emotional process of moving out of the New York City house that she and Ocasek shared for 30 years, even after they split in 2017. The Cars rocker, with whom Porizkova shared two sons, died in the house last September.
While the 55-year-old has shared her excitement about signing a lease on a new apartment and starting the next phase of her life, the transition has also been overwhelming, especially given the added stress of the pandemic. In a vulnerable Instagram post shared on Monday, Porizkova spoke about the pain she feels starting from scratch.
"My apartment is empty, except for an inflatable mattress and a folding chair - for now," she writes about her recent move. “The symbolism here is pretty persistent. I'll start over. Some days are better than others. But every day I wake up crying. And that's fine I guess. Pain drives me on It can be used. I am like the cat that tries to escape what hurts them. I hurt so I have to move For some people, it's the opposite: when they're in pain, they freeze and shut down and wait for it to stop.
"A lot of us are hurting right now," she continued. “Knowing that my neighbor is hurting more or for better reasons makes me guilty of even daring to admit that I am in pain. So i smile. I will continue. But I don't feel We can feel pain and still know we are the lucky ones. "
She ended the post with the hashtags "#grateful #blessed #sad".
Her post sparked messages of support from fans, many of whom thanked her for being honest about their struggles.
"Your frank statements can help others [through] their pain," one comment wrote.
"It is a blessing to be able to reach others who are feeling too," Porizkova replied.
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