NOTE: To some, this will seem like a play on words. To me, however, this is the difference between feeling bad or “OK” to feeling good or “confident.”
There is nothing that I did A) That “caused” my mental illness, and B) There is no attitude to adopt “because” of my mental illness (before I am worthy of “living” and “life”).
I am worthy of “living” and “life,” as an individual, today—right now—in this very moment!
I am not my circumstances, and I can “try” my best each and every day, to live a life that I am PROUD to live.
Some basic terms that I grapple with in mental health are A) recovery and being recovered, and B) relapse and relapsing.
Recovery is a myth because you never fully get better! Your illness never disappears and IF recovery is this “gold standard,” in which everyone is supposed to be working on/towards (WHEN it’s impossible to achieve), you are setting yourself up for failure!
You know what is possible to achieve?
- The realization that we are not our circumstances.
- The realization that we can “try” each and every day, to live a life that we are PROUD to live.
And, for me, I say, “phooey” on recovery!