Dear friend,

I never thought about it until last week. But I am so grateful that you wanted to take part of my fight, by supporting me. I am grateful for all the messages, phone calls, postcards and emails you send me. They seem to come exactly at the right time. When I read your messages, I get a boost. A boost that I sometimes need to continue fighting. You let me relativize and self-reflect when I can’t do that by myself. When I take your cards out of the mailbox and see your handwriting, I automatically get a smile on my face. Sometimes it moves me, I think it’s great that someone like you exists! I keep the postcards in my sight. When I go through them I read the texts, so that same smile appears on my face again.

Dear person I don’t talk with anymore,

I also want to thank you, even though you are no longer present in my immediate environment. You showed me a point of improvement: to stop giving too much to others by putting myself second, third or even to a lower place. It cost me a lot of energy and I did not get anything in return. After a long time I found out that it was time for a change. I decided to place myself a bit higher in the rank and noticed that I felt much better. It did not seem to matter to you. At first that was hard, but I now accepted it as it is. I can’t change others, but I can change myself. Thank you for reminding me.

Dear psychotherapist,

And then you, who helped me to open up. You had a lot of patience and helped me to get to the place where I am now. You’ve seen me struggling. You gave me room to be myself. I did not have to talk if I did not want to. In the end it came naturally because you won my trust. You taught me that certain events in your life make you stronger. If they weren’t there, then life was not life. It was a long journey, but I feel that of all the people I have seen, you have helped me the best. I am eternally grateful!

Dear Ghyta,

Finally, I want to thank you. You, who had a hard day every day. Not living but surviving. You wanted to disappear but decided to fight. Because that voice deep in your heart somehow knew how to keep on fighting even though it seemed impossible. You showed me how strong I am. That I can beat this phase of my life. That I possess willpower and perseverance. If it weren’t for my depression, I might have become a very different person than I am now. I have learned to let go of things, to divide my energy and above all: not to give up.

It’s almost time to close this chapter of my life – Ghyta

A lot of love, Ghyta

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Ghyta

By telling others about my own experiences, I hope to support people that deal with mental disorders in their own process. I find it important that mental illnesses are recognised as real diseases, even though they might not be visible to the eye.

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