“I guess Sadness is doing her job right now.”
I truly thought I was one of those people who had one slump, one period of depression which needed medication. I believed I was one of those people who would have the story of the illness, followed by learning, then recovery, then health. I thought the illness would be a thing that had happened, that could be boxed away separately, not a part of who I was. But it is. This is my brokenness.
After being asked to write three things he wished his teachers knew about him, 8th grader Austin Saunders articulated a powerful statement. Then his teacher responded with something even better.
Listening goes a long way, and you'd be surprised to know the amount of people who are tired of getting wisdom from others and instead just want to be heard by those whom they hold dear to their heart.
Imagine what would happen if we treated physical illness the way we treat mental illness. People would be walking around with broken bones, serious cases of the flu, and no hope for improvement or healing.
Bruce Springsteen has spent two-thirds of his life singing, songwriting and performing on the road. His highly anticipated autobiography chronicles the struggles, the successes and the relationship that makes him fear for his mental health.