Having a mental illness sucks, at least that is my opinion and lots of others.
Out of all the diagnoses I have had over the years, mental illness is one of the hardest not only to accept, but fighting it gets tiresome. It is a never ending battle.
In spite of having a mental illness, I say, life is totally awesome.
Now, just let me explain.
I used to have a friend that was depressed 24/7. I really felt for this friend. I could never imagine what that must feel like. I have a hard time going through hours (mixed episode), days or months being depressed.
Last year, when people started asking me how I was doing, I would say “life is totally awesome”. Understandably this friend said life was not totally awesome. No answer of encouragement came to my mind. My friend had been living like this for years.
It was a draining relationship for both of us. This friend could not deal with my bipolar roller coaster and I could no longer handle their 24/7 depression. My friend used to laugh at times but then told me it took an effort for them to laugh when they did.
Life is awesome to me because I feel blessed and happy to wake up in the morning. Then it continues because I can dress and feed and clothe myself. It is also awesome because despite having a mental illness there are many good days.
Don’t get me wrong. When I am depressed it is the furthest thought and comment from my lips. Thankfully since I have been wearing the Emsam Patch (for major depressive disorder) I have had more good days of peace than days of war.
I did not enlist,but was drafted kicking and screaming. Sometimes I still kick and scream for the battle of depression to stay its’ distance.
If I can remember to look in the mirror and say, Life is totally awesome, maybe, just maybe I can escape it or at least hold it back a little so it does not have total victory.
Finally, let me jsut say, if nothing else, waking in the morning is the start of an awesome day.
love to all