7 positive takeaways from dealing with mental illnesses.
Who would have thought that after five years of battling with mental illnesses (and hating almost every minute of life) that I would be here on the other side. Not only were there many times where I didn’t know if I was going to overcome my illnesses, but there were also many times where I didn’t even know if I would be alive. And never in a million years did I think that I would be looking at the positives. Never did I think that I would be on the outside looking in.
Well, here I am. Five years later, and I am now going to talk about the positive side of mental illnesses. I guess all I can say, is why not?
If I want to live my life focused around positivity and motivation, then I need to search for the positives in every negative situation. Plus, whatever doesn’t kill you makes your stronger, right? Yeah, maybe that was a little too cliche for my liking… but arguably true.
While I still do deal with mental illnesses on a daily basis, I also truly believe that there are positives that can be taken away from them. No, mental diseases are never a fun thing to deal with. But for me, these illnesses have taught me a lot about who I am as an individual. They have helped me grow into the life loving person that I am today. And they have also helped to shape my mindset.
So what are they? What are some of the positives of living with, and dealing with mental illnesses?
- My mental illnesses made me realize who was truly there for me.
When I was going through some of my darkest days, my mental illnesses showed me who was truly there for me. It showed me who was there to catch me when I fall, and it showed me who loved me for the imperfect person that I am. It is these people that I trust with my life, and that is simply because they have already helped to save it once.
- My mental illnesses helped teach me who I am as a person.
Before and during my struggles with mental illnesses, I wanted nothing but attention from others. If others were proud of me, and if others liked who I was, then I liked myself.
But no longer do I need the approval from others. I know who I am as a person, I know what my beliefs are, and I know what my value is. This is something that I will never again take for granted. If others like me for who I am, great. If not, well then at least I like myself.
- My mental illnesses helped me to look for the good in every situation.
There is good in every single situation, you just need to be willing to look for it. I mean, here I am looking at the positives of having a mental illness. See, we can sit here and complain all we want about how miserable our lives are, but what good will that do? When I started looking for the good in every situation, that is when I found the good.
- My mental illnesses taught me to work hard for my dreams.
The people who are closest to me in life can attest to this as well. I have always been somewhat spoiled. But in dealing with mental illnesses, it really helped to teach me that if I want something bad enough, I need to be willing to work for it. Once I do that, I can do anything.
Never in my life have I worked harder than I do now. But that is because my illnesses helped me to realize that as long as I am willing to work, I can do and/or accomplish anything.
- My mental illnesses showed me that there is more to my life that just me.
While it is still my life, it isn’t just about me. My purpose in life isn’t to just go along, day-by-day, and waiting for the end to come. My purpose in life is to get out there, live my best life, and to help others out there to live their best life as well. It doesn’t matter who you are, we all have a life to live and it is time that we start living it!
- My mental illnesses made me realize that there is no such thing as perfection.
I used to think that I had to be perfect or that I would not amount to anything. The truth is that there is no such thing as perfection. Instead of focusing on perfection, I have learned to focus on being the best me that I can be. As long as I am following my dreams and working to make a change in the world, then I am truly succeeding in life.
- My mental illnesses made me realize that I can achieve anything.
Damn straight I can achieve anything. I know what I am capable of because I now believe in myself. Without dealing with my illnesses, I honestly don’t know if I would have that belief in myself.
But because I overcame my own doubts, fought depression, fight an eating disorder, and manage anxiety, I now know that I can overcome and achieve anything that I desire in life. I am not saying that I am perfect. I am just saying that I believe in myself, and that I will never quit until I achieve my dreams.
Ask yourself a question. What good does it do to focus on the negatives in life? I never thought that I would be sitting here and writing about the positive side of living with a mental illness. But here I am. I am writing about the positives not because it was an enjoyable time in my life, but because it also wasn’t all negative. Through my struggles, I learned a lot about myself and about the world around me. I just needed to be willing to look for it.
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