Healing takes courage. It’s hard work to face our challenges no matter where they come from and turn them into opportunities.
We are brave when we call a doctor or case manager or a friend who supports us just to report on how we feel.
We are brave when we make an appointment with a caregiver.
We are brave when we leave the house to go to that appointment. We are brave when we ride the bus or drive our car or ride our bicycle or walk to that appointment.
We are brave as we sit and wait our turn to see the caregiver.
We are brave when we speak honestly to the caregiver about how we feel. Being honest takes the most courage.
We are brave as we follow through on the things we know will help our recovery.
To be blunt, people who live with mental illness are brave when they breathe. Life is not simple.
If you are a person who lives with a mental illness, be kind to yourself and pat yourself on the back just for getting out of bed. You deserve it. You’re doing a good job just living.