(N.B. I received this award several weeks ago, and I am only just getting around to acknowledging it. I apologize for the long wait, and I hope you enjoy the post.)
Who is strong? Is it the person who is willing to show her hurt to the world? To maintain perspective, while not trying to fake her way through tough situations? To offer her life as an example for others of the same diagnosis, and to share her successes, as well as her failures, to those of us living with mental health conditions. For me, that person is the author of Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars; I am honored and humbled to say that she has awarded me The Strong Person award. The award is aimed for people who deal with mental health diagnoses.
1. Make sure to add in the above text and image (below) to spread the love and add how little or how much you want!
2. Name your diagnoses – Stand loud and proud! You can tell us a little about them also if you’d like. How you’re affected by these diagnoses and how you are fighting your way out of them. The mental health issue with which I have wrestled for decades is clinical depression, although a couple of times it was depression with psychotic qualities. I heard affirmations and words of encouragement for years — many thanks to sister S. — and one day, I quite suddenly understood the messages and realized, among other things, that all of the hurts I have felt over the years have been by my decision; and then, that I didn’t have to accept any more hurts or opinions from others. That realization, that night, was the end of my chronic depression of 36 years — I grew up and began to take responsibility for my life. My spiritual rituals are of enormous help to me; I do my best to attend to them regularly.
I always have trouble choosing people to whom to pass this award — I have met so many strong people since I started blogging. I would like to name a couple of blogs, though — Notes from a She-hermit by Dotty Headbanger, who, although she is mental and loves it, nevertheless has provided me with many a laugh or an important thought at just the right time. Love you, Dotty 😎
Lady Barefoot Baroness by Toni J. is another blog from which I gain tremendous strength. The Baroness and I seem to be so much alike, but still different enough for surprises. I don’t believe she has a mental illness diagnosis, but she is certainly One Strong Person.