Why does it always seem to come down to the same story?
I can want or do the thing (fill in the blank) as long as I feel bad about it (or punish myself) afterwards?
Why can I not just say 'this is how it is' and not berate myself? Why can I not leave qualifications behind, even if the 'thing' turns out to not work or be a mistake and not punish myself for my decision or desire to want it in the first place?
As many of you know, I've been living with and managing mental illness for most of my life. Anxiety and depression have been my constant companions and powerful foes. Yet, this post isn't about my struggle. As the country shines a light on mental illness today for the purpose of reducing stigma, I too focus on bringing awareness to the disease of the mind.
Tracy Kelly is a writer and artist from London, Ontario Canada who manages Anxiety, Depression and Fibromyalgia.