This is a Really Real Mental Health Post.
I used to have this feeling, when sitting in therapy, or the psychiatrists office, or at PHP, that they knew something that I don’t know. Like there’s some big secret they aren’t telling me, something happening in the conversations behind the scenes.
Like they know the outcome and just weren’t letting me in on it.
That feeling was so strong last year.
I haven’t thought about it in awhile.
But back then, last time I was here, I wanted to scream at them.
“Tell me, what does the ending of this story look like.”
“Does the main character live, or does she die?”
“What type of story is this?”
I hadn’t thought about that in a long time.
I’ve been feeling like I’ve taken 20 steps back.
Like I’m right where I started.
Like the past year has been useless.
But somehow, in the midst of this crisis.
Even while buying bottles of pills.
Even while checking into the hospital.
Even while sitting in the rooms at Partial.
Even though I don’t know what the ending of the story is.
I know the main character makes it out alive.
Of course, it’s kind of funny (and horrifying) that today they let me in on a little secret.
The last time I was sitting in the rooms at Partial, they weren’t sure what the ending of the story was going to be.
They had their own doubts.
Not that I was in immediate danger, they would have gotten me safe, but that overall, I hadn’t solidified my will to live.
I remember being that person. I remember the wish to die being so strong that I could feel death surround me. I remember that darkness. I remember feeling no connection with life.
Suicidal thoughts are different now. Even at their worst. Even in absolute crisis. Even when I’m truly in danger.
It doesn’t make them any less dangerous.
They could still make me just as dead.
But there’s a will to live that wasn’t there before.
There’s a fight.
There’s a chance.
There’s a light.
There’s hope behind it.
Yeah, shit still sucks sometimes and I’m honestly not sure just how far I’ll be able to go with this fucked up brain of mine.
But at least we aren’t questioning my chance at survival anymore.
And I guess that’s some pretty significant growth.
In the grand scheme of things.