Here's something I wrote on my wall during a bad patch of depression in 2013 when I was sixteen.
'TODAY WILL BE EITHER GOOD OR BAD AND THE ONLY THING TO DO IS TRY NOT TO MAKE IT WORSE.
EVEN THE WORST DAYS WILL COME TO AN END AND A DAY WILL NEVER LAST MORE THAN 24 HOURS.
YOU CAN STAY IN BED ALL DAY, OR YOU CAN GET UP, PUT ON YOUR DOC MARTENS AND EYELINER AND TRY TO DO SOMETHING GOOD.
SCREAM AND CRY BUT STOP GIVING UP. YOU OWE IT TO NO ONE BUT YOURSELF TO PURSUE LIFE.
YOU ARE NOT WINONA RYDER OR DARIA OR ENID COLESLAW OR, SADLY, JOAN JETT OR SYLVIA PLATH.
SADNESS IS NOT BEAUTIFUL. NO ONE WILL SAVE YOU. THE WORLD DOES NOT CARE. THERE IS NO DIVINE CONSOLATION. LIFE IS NOT A MOVIE.
NOT EVERYTHING MAKES SENSE. MOST THINGS ARE UNFAIR. MANY PEOPLE HATE YOU AND MANY OTHERS DON’T CARE WHICH IS SOMETIMES WORSE.
TRY TO DO THE FOLLOWING TODAY: BREATHE, SPEAK, READ, EXIST, THINK, MOVE, LOOK, CONNECT, TALK, AND CREATE.
IF IT WON’T MATTER IN A YEAR, FORGET IT. IF IT WILL, DEAL WITH IT.
GIVE PEOPLE HELL IF NEED BE. THERE ARE NO MISTAKES, NO FAILURES. TOMORROW WILL ALWAYS BE THERE, AS WILL YESTERDAY. TODAY IS WHAT MATTERS RIGHT NOW.'
Motivational quotes are not the cure for mental illness - even when superimposed over a picture of someone doing yoga in front of a sunrise. However, I uncovered this paragraph recently and it reflects my attitude. I don't believe in the cult of solving everything through bubble baths and group therapy. In my own experience, there's very little other people can do to help you. But I won't say too much about this, as I feel it still stands well on its own.
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