Have you ever had someone ask you, “So, are you better now?” It’s a well-meaning question, but it is one that is sadly a misinterpretation of just how mental illness works.
But in all fairness, I have asked myself the same question.
“When will I get better?”
It isn’t an easy question to ask, because I already know the answer.
“People tend to think that recovery is one upward trajectory. You go through a bad time, you get better, then you’re back to your normal self. Unfortunately, the complexity of human emotion and experience doesn’t quite fit into such a pattern.”
-Ruth, 1000 Ways To Be Fearless
But what I’ve come to see…is that I’m not a failure for struggling with mental illness. It doesn’t make me a bad person. It doesn’t mean that day is shot. Worthless. Over.
Recovery from a mental illness is not carefully constructed. It can’t be controlled or planned.
It just is. It might be a bit messy, but that’s life, and life is messy ☺
I want to invite you to check out this post from Ruth, of the blog 1000 Ways To Be Fearless. Her blog has been a wonderful tool in my own journey towards recovery.
In her post she shares a speech she made at an event for the NHS (National Health Service in England). I thought what she had to say about recovery was beautiful, relatable and so, so true.
I really enjoyed this post of hers and I think that you will too ☺