I used to be a relatively ‘outgoing, extroverted, optimistic’ person. Solving problems and issues with a smile, a ‘come on you can do it’ and ‘just keep swimming’ (yes I’m a bit of a Pixar fan). But after being diagnosed with mild depression and anxiety last November, through the interaction of joy and sadness, I’ve learnt so much. 1. Previous to actually going through all of this, I always spoke to people with depression with phrases that I have come to hate. ‘Just look on the bright side of things’, ‘but look at all the things you can be grateful for’, ‘it’ll be better soon!’. Seeing sadness interacting with BingBong just made me understand that sometimes, all someone needs to for someone to empathise. Not sympathise. To really make the effort to ask for the ‘tell me what is going through your head’ with no presumptions about what will or will not help. 2. And after sobbing through losing BingBong. I know now that maybe sometimes people or things are lost. But that’s okay, we can’t just keep looking back, hoping things will be back to normal, because they never will. We’ll just have to hold on to our dreams and our initial ambitions and bring them to the moon. 3. It’s okay not to be happy all the time. There is a balance. We have all those emotions for a reason. Thank you ‘inside out’
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