staying strong

“keep smiling darling, you have so many wonderful opportunities coming your way.”
– katie derham 

This is going to be a blog post of a different sorts, it has a topic, but instead of giving you the history first, I’m going to start with the positive. Because that’s what someone who struggles with mental health is told, isn’t it – don’t let your mental illness define you. So, this is me – attempting to not let my mental illness define me and talk about how it has shaped me into the person that I am today.

I’ll give you a little bit of context too, for anyone who hasn’t been here (which is a lot of you!), I’m currently sitting by the window in the Brighton LEON. Which, I hope you’ll all know how that specific location, and the people connected to it, have impacted my life. Because that’s another, very important part of mental illness – being able to talk about your struggles with the people who you trust.

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3,000 Miles Doesn’t Change Things

“I don’t think I’d ever be able to be apart that long.”
“How do you deal with not seeing her every few months?”
“Are you sure that she’s actually real?”
“Maybe when you meet, you two can see if there’s the potential for a relationship.”

The comments go on and on, but the past two years have been the most interesting, eye opening and wonderful years of my life. You always hear about long distance relationships when it comes to high-school sweethearts going to different universities, someone’s partner enlisting in the military, or someone who finds their relationship put on hold due to separation in some sort of way. But with today’s technology, mostly the internet – no one talks about the long distance relationships that begin before the two of you have even met.

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