I cannot count how many times I've thought or said 'what's the point?' when thinking about pushing through the struggles of mental illness. When fighting through an episode means just waiting for another to arrive it gets very tiring, and you begin to ask yourself these questions and consider why you should even keep trying. If it's always going to be so hard, surely life will never be better than this?
But - there is a point to you carrying on and seeing through each day, in fact there are many points and I've written this post to show to you why that fighter in you needs to keep on battling.
1. You matter to the people around you, and they need you there. Whether you believe this or not doesn't matter - it's factual. There are people in your life that care deeply about you and want the very best for you. They are your loved ones, family and friends and they're here for you, I promise.
2. You've got an entire life ahead of you. Whatever dreams and aspirations you have are totally POSSIBLE, and that does not necessarily mean it's a life with mental illness - honestly. This routine you have, you created yourself and you can very easily create another or just kibosh it all and live a life of spontaneity! There are a million tomorrows and you have the power to create them.
3. There are 195 different countries to visit with many different cultures and ways of life to learn. You could travel for the rest of your life and still not see every place on this planet. There are always new places to see.
4. There are so many beautiful things to experience. Go diving in the Great Barrier Reef, go on safari in Africa, sky dive, bathe an elephant, chase a tornado, kiss in the rain, see the Northern Lights. Whatever ignites your heart - it's out there! Our world is a beautiful one and the things we are able to do are totally amazing. Build up that bucket list and live!
5. One day you could have your own family! I honestly can't wait until I have children and bring them up to be wonderful humans (hopefully). People often say there is nothing more rewarding than being a parent. I don't doubt that's true.
6. There are 7.442 billion people in this world. According to Funders & Founders we meet at least 80,000 people in our lifetime. I'm sure you've not met them all just yet. The greatest friends you could ever have may be in that 10,000, the love of your life, your idol? Who knows!
7. You've so much knowledge to gain! We are learning all the time and it's always possible to broaden your horizons. With the internet at your hands, you can learn pretty much anything you want to! Also if every person you meet knows something you don't, think how much you can learn from those 80,000 people!
8. We are changing all the time. I don't know about you but I'm not the same person I was 5 years ago, 3 years ago or even 1 year ago! I'm always learning and growing. I learn things about the world, I learn things about myself and I develop new hobbies & loves. This helps me to be happier and more knowledgeable in what helps me tick and therefore helps me with my mental health.
There are so, so many reasons to be alive (© Matt Haig). You deserve to be happy and you deserve to LIVE! xxxxxxxx