So, I deal with Mental Illness(es). Clinical Depression, PTSD, anxiety. However -and unless I’m going through a particularly dark period, I am a fairly cheerful person. Bubbly even*.
I have been asked several times what my secret is. I usually say it’s a combination of lucky events like a great support network of family and friends, an incredibly supporting therapist, etc.
And today, I saw this on Facebook:
I have a vague memory of seeing something like this before but I don’t think is was a quite as visually striking at this one.
Now, let me set it straight. I am not claiming I KNOW how to do it. I don’t do it on purpose (I don’t think). It just so happens that I do it. But the truth is, the upward spiral is HOW I do it. Nobody taught me how to do that so it is not my intention to tell you all, here, this is what you have to do. Now do it and be happy like me. No.
But I do believe there must be ways to work on it. Perhaps not everybody can be the eternal optimist that I am. But I’d like to believe there’s middle ground somewhere.
Also, I am not saying that I never experience doubt or disappointment. That I never worry or get frustrated or even angry. Of course I do. I wouldn’t be human if I didn’t. But it never spirals down like in the picture on the right.
Not much of a help, I know. But I thought I’d share it anyway.
* That’s after I slayed the Rage Beast. Before that, I wasn’t bubbly at all.