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Saturday, 24 June 2017

Enjoying the Little Things

It is very easy to get stuck on the bad things that happen. At some point or another everyone can struggle to see clearly through the bad times. However, it is at these times that we need to step back and look at what we have. Welcome back to A Jackals Voice.

I set up this Blog to try to make a space for people to talk about mental health freely, along with a space for myself to talk about my experiences. A lot of what I write about is relatively negative and so I wanted to address that. Having a mental condition doesn't make life stop. It doesn't mean that you can't enjoy anything ever again. On the contrary, I think a lot of good things have come to light because of my illness that I wouldn't give up for the world. Today, I would like to share some of the things I am grateful for, and I hope this may help some of you view things a little differently.

First off I have to say my family. Since I've been ill everyone has been extremely supportive. Relatives that I rarely spoke to now check in now and then, and it is nice to have some company. Sadly, given the stigma attached to mental health, I didn't initially think that my family would understand. Even more so I feared that they would think I was faking it.
Despite my proud nature, I am glad to announce that I was horribly wrong on this front. My parents on both sides of my family have accepted me, and to be honest I feel that I'm closer to them for it. My mother deserves a special mention, given that she has spent over eight months making phone calls and doing my paperwork, given that I am completely useless when it comes to forms and letters. We've had some hard days where we've cried, but we've had some amazing days where we've laughed so hard that we ended up crying. Granted, my spontaneous blurting of the word 'turnips' at a dinner party did not help the matter.
My friends have been by my side the whole time. I could never thank them enough for just being there. Sometimes I can almost forget how I am, and I think that pretending can be a wonderful thing in moderation. Having people around that I can just be myself with is amazing. Whether it be a group of us going out for a drink or just a good friend coming round to watch a film, it means the world to me. My illness doesn't define me, and it is nice to know I have friends that can see through it, regardless of the occasional joke.

Another thing is time. I know I have complained in previous posts about how long it takes to get anywhere with mental health, but I have enjoyed having a bit of spare time. I'm finally doing something I love, which is writing. I can't say how good it felt to talk about these things, things that I feel so strongly about even before I got ill.
Furthermore a personal project of mine has actually had some attention for a change. Whilst it is nothing special right now, I do feel like I could actually finish it, which is something to to look forward to.
Also this is the first summer I've had off since I started a full time job. It is so nice to enjoy the weather for a change, even if it's only for short periods. British weather, what can you do?

Life has its ups and downs. Just because life throws you a long ball doesn't mean everything is ruined. I'm far from miserable, a little frustrated maybe, but not miserable. I have my Family, my Friends, more free time than I know what to do with. Granted, not always a great thing but you have to work with what you've got.

Lastly I'd like to thank all my readers. I really appreciate you taking the time to read my posts and I appreciate the feedback. I set this place up so that people wouldn't have to feel alone, and I know that at least I don't feel so alone. So I thank you all.
This has been,
A Jackals Voice.

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