This seems to be something all of us who struggle with depression wish to fulfill, right? Well, its not always as easy as it seems. Lets face it, life can be a real pain in the ass sometimes. We get curve balls thrown at us without any of us expecting a sign. Drastic life changes, death, loss, illness, bullying, abuse, and many other factors play a role being the catalyst to depression. I’ve been going through it (and still do to this day). I’ve had sleepless nights, wishing it would all go away. I’ve felt paralyzed, unable to move feeling like a lead weight. And, yes I’ve had days where I feel as though I can’t function at all. My message to you is: I’m not perfect, you’re not alone. I’m struggling like how you are.
Now, I’ve always been an advocate for anti-bullying, anti-self harm, and mental health awareness. With that in mind I MUST ask this question: have you or anyone you know have been discriminated, abused, or bullied because of struggling with Depression?
“Why don’t you get over it?”, “Lighten up!”, “You can do better than that.”, “You’re such a (debby downer, wet blanket, drag, lazy person, sap, etc).”, “Stop moping around, it’s not that bad!”, “There are people who have it worse than you.” …. I’ve heard just about it all and I’m sure you have too. I know there are MUCH worse comments than that, some of which I will not diverge into. I find it to be EXTREMELY appalling and disgusting that some people have said these things to others who struggle. But, you’ve got to feel sorry for individuals that are filled with such ignorance (which is not bliss) and unhealthy standards for living. I can’t imagine what it would be like to live that way. Ok, enough of that. Moving on! =)
Next topic: I’m fine. Now, how many times have YOU personally said ‘I’m fine’ and actually meant it? Whether you realize this or not, saying ‘I’m fine’ has a very polar opposite definition compared to ‘I’m good’, ‘I’m doing well’, ‘I’m fantastic’. The truth is, personally it has been my flawed persona I have used not to bother or burden others who ask me how I’m doing. However, I have learned that true loved ones and friends will NOT consider you to be a burden, downer, a bother, or extra weight on their shoulders. They love you and will ALWAYS be there for you, no matter what happens.
Lastly, here is my message to you:
*You are loved, NEVER EVER forget that.
*You are worth it and deserve the best.
*You’re not a burden or bother to anyone (for anyone who tells you otherwise are NOT your true friend nor person you should be connected to).
*Reach out to others as much as possible. You DO NOT have to do this alone.
*It might not seem like it now, but things will get better!
*Give yourself lots of TLC (Tender Love and Care) and time to heal, rest, recharge, and blow off steam.
*You’re not crazy, bad, stupid, evil, or any kind of negative connotation of which that is out there. You are beautiful and unique just the way you are. ALL PEOPLE ASK FOR IS FOR YOU TO BE YOURSELF.
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