A love, regrettable but not regretted

I have a confession to make. For eighteen months now, I've been lying to you. Okay, not really lying, just not telling you the whole truth. You've been reading about my mental health struggles, my family, my husband's recently discovered autism, the difficulty handling everyday tasks, the stress and the chronic anxiety and the antidepressants. … Continue reading A love, regrettable but not regretted

Sacrifice and loyalty, to the point of stupidity

Have you seen those affirmational posts on Instagram about wronged gentle souls? They go like this: "Don't stop giving, you wonderful human! Yes, I know that everyone else is so mean, hurting you, taking advantage of you, taking you for granted. But the world needs souls like yours! Keep being the awesome, self-sacrificing being you … Continue reading Sacrifice and loyalty, to the point of stupidity

About (my) privilege

I can't watch anything on TV – concentration isn't there. Books. How about books? I said I'd spend the kids' holidays reading. But today, my thoughts keep drifting. Okay. Take a walk? But it's stormy outside. I could try yoga, but yesterday's attempt didn't work out. I can barely climb the stairs today. Something's wrong … Continue reading About (my) privilege

Self-acceptance and fitting in

My therapist is adamant: in the core of all mental health progress is the concept of self-acceptance. That's a tricky one. Humans are fundamentally social beings. Without interaction within the species–speech develops simultaneously to complex thought–humans don't develop to be, well, functioning humans. Today's individualism culture tries to chip away that fundamental aspect of human … Continue reading Self-acceptance and fitting in