All of us have different things that we connect with. Our minds are all unique and special to ourselves, and therefore we have different things that speak to us. Some of us like certain movies while others can’t stand them and some of us enjoy a specific book while others can’t even get through the first chapter. It’s a common belief that everyone has a different opinion and that we are all allowed to have those opinions and it is our right to believe what we believe. Of course, there are some times when a difference in opinions has much greater consequences and repercussions, but for the most part, we can embrace each for our different ways of thinking.
The same principle can be applied when looking at how things connect with us through the lens of mental illness. For many of us going through recovery, we have certain things that we latch onto for support and reassurance. We have a certain song that we can cry to or a certain show that makes us laugh. These things become important in our lives because they help keep us grounded and motivated. And as we work towards breaking down the stigmas around mental illness more and more, we have begun to see many pieces of media tackling the issue of mental illness to different degrees. We are seeing athletes speak out more about their struggles with mental health, we are seeing more stories come out about experiences people have had, and we are seeing more support being given to those who need it. While there is still work to be done, mental illness is becoming more normalized and we are taking steps in the right direction. But the problem is that we all feel a certain way about how we want our experiences to be told to the public. As we have talked about before, our experiences are unique to us and we form a kind of bond to them, not wanting any details to be changed or mistold. So when we are faced with a story that doesn’t follow the “blueprint” we have laid out for ourselves, we feel angry about it.
Letting Go of Our Ourselves
A lot of issues are created because we are unable to distance ourselves from our perspective, we have difficulty looking at ourselves as anything other than right. We are made to think about life in terms of right and wrong when in reality, everything is just there. Right and wrong are dependent on us to define them, and with a few exceptions, what we think is wrong can be right. And that’s okay.
It is healthy to feel connected to your life experiences but it is also healthy to step out of your head for a second and look at the world around you. There are different ways for people to interpret a story of mental illness and there are infinite ways those stories can be told. It is okay for you to let go of the anger and realize that the story just isn’t for you. Living a life free of that anger is much more rewarding than drowning in it. Life is beautiful because of its complexities and we should always celebrate that fact. Celebrate your own ideas and opinions, and love the fact that someone else disagrees.
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