When was the last time you believed in yourself? You know that thing you wanted to do, how is that coming along? Or is it still somewhere in the distance? Can you even see it?
Mental Health Illness has no face: This is something I say often, and when I further examine such a statement, I see two meanings. The first; is that anyone can be affected regardless of who they are or what they look like. The second and not so obvious; is from the perspective of mental health itself. It’s hard to describe or put into a box, it disguises in many different cloaks, hides away for seasons and is somewhat a shape shifter in that it can manifest itself in different ways within different people. For the benefit of this piece, I’d like to discuss the topic of Depression. You’ll notice in the title of this article my use of the term ‘The Sunken Place’. After watching the movie ‘Get Out’, I found some words to closer describe the feeling of depression that lingers within my own life, and indeed it is like sinking into a hole within myself.
Every year, we celebrate world Mental Health Day. It’s a day when around the world, it is marked with different events, appeals and information regarding mental health. This year marked its 25th anniversary.
A great fascination to me is people’s perceptions as importance and why! Most of the time we focus on the more magnified moments in our life, the things we regard as important, and pay less attention to the things that we believe do not serve us much, but in fact they serve us hugely!
Sometimes in life we can give our absolute all only for it to be not good enough. We are discarded and forgotten like a momentary whisper in the wind. In the sheer blink of an eye, years of unprecedented dedication, vast sacrifice and unbridled passion can be eviscerated by our own actions and words in less than sixty seconds. These actions may come to define us for eternity and leave a gigantic ocean of severe emotional and psychological regret hanging deep over our heads, coupled with burning anxiety, frustration, disappointment and hurt.
When you pass on and people now have to make a speech about you, what would they say? Would they say you took every opportunity that came your way or would they say you failed to leave the starting blocks? How many times have you wanted to do something, launch something or make a change in your life but there are some negative voices that seem to want to derail you and throw you off balance?
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