Dip 16 is in the books 🥶
These last 2 weeks have me thinking a lot about the dialogue surrounding mental health. We’re told every day how difficult it is to seek help, how no one will understand. I understand that we want to emphasize just how serious mental illness can be, but I can’t help but think that the doomsday themed speech attached to the conversation contributes heavily to the shame and hopelessness that often accompany a mental health disorder.
When I was younger I wanted to be “normal” more than anything. I resented my ADHD for making it hard to focus or sit still. I resented my anxiety for making me antisocial in my teens, I resented my Tourette’s syndrome for the constant discomfort, and perceived burden of concealing it in public. I went down this path for a long time, feeling like a victim, and my mental health deteriorated. I felt lost, disconnected and empty. I had absolutely shut out so many of the traits that make me, me. I had been trying to fit a triangle into a square space for far too long, and decided then and there that I was going to stop running. I was going to face my demons and complexes, and I was going to overcome them. From there I was able to create strategies to deal with my shortcomings, and the more I grew comfortable with who I truly am the more I felt the resentment drift away. I started to appreciate the creativity that came from my ADHD, the insight and self awareness that came from my anxiety, and strangely and beautifully, slowly and surely this new mindset changed my life.
We are not broken. We are different, and things will be hard. But that’s okay. It’s important to raise awareness, but teaching folks to walk on eggshells around people that are struggling is heartbreakingly dehumanizing. It is not your fault that you have anxiety, depression, etc. But you can be sure that it is your responsibility to make the best of it. Accept the truth, embrace the responsibility that coincides with it, and I promise you will find meaning and purpose in your life, no matter how impossible that may currently seem. Your life is waiting for you, the only condition is that it starts with you ♥️🐲😤