Wednesday, October 28, 2015
A Genuine Thank You
Yesterday, I talked about depression.
Today, I want to talk about gratitude.
I am feeling the most immense gratitude.
Yesterday, through this blog, I reached out. I asked for support. I shared my own vulnerability. I shared my truth.
And I was overwhelmed by the response, by the amount of people who reached out to me, to offer an ear, kind words, their own stories of grief and depression.
I felt empowered rather than alone. I felt understood.
Some people used words like brave, honest, and courageous. But I think they are just as brave.
We live in a world where expectations are high and sometimes we just don’t meet those expectations in the ways we’d hoped.
We often hear the phrase “the struggle is real” attached to a ludicrous bit of comedy, like being the 10th person in line at Starbucks on Monday. And we laugh and think yes, indeed. The struggle is real.
But that little tidbit holds serious weight. It’s only fitting its become a pop culture cliché because society tells us we can’t be “real” with our feelings too often. We need to crack jokes, lighten things up, skim past the real issues.
Instead, on social media we post pictures of our greatest moments, our good times, our pets, our food, our trips to the gym, an occasional political diatribe (well, I do that at least)…
But let’s face it, some days are plain shitty. Some days, we don’t want to get out of bed.
Yesterday, I wanted to be honest because I think I deserve it. I think YOU deserve it.
That word, “depression” has such a stigma attached to it. It affects so many of us in some way, be it large or small, intermittent or chronic. I just wanted all of you to know it affects me too.
And the ways I deal with it…healthy or not. I forgot to include that writing is one of them, (the healthy ways).
Which brings me full circle to the space of gratitude.
Which is what I am feeling today.
Thank you, everyone, for listening, caring and connecting.
I also wrote I had hope. The amount of love I felt, knowing I had touched so many of you on a deeper level, hope is alive and well inside my heart.
I am grateful for each one of you.
Until next time…