Sunday, February 9, 2014

Fake Friends Are Like Shadows - Mental Health Awareness Retreat

Fake Friends Are Like Shadows
 

"Fake Friends Are Like Shadows,
They follow you in the sun,
But leave your side
When it gets dark"
 
 
One of the great things about having a mental illness and/or mental disability is that you learn who your true friends are. You learn that there are many wonderful people in the world who won't judge you just for your illness. You learn that some people will love you just the way you are.
 
If you lose "friends" due to your illness/disability, realize they were never your real friends to begin with. I don't know about you, but I rather have one true friend than a bunch of fake ones.
 
I want to thank my dear friend of 21 years, Adelle Adored (her second life name), for being there for me when it got the darkest and scariest. I remember how badly I wanted to die and how determined I was to give up but this girl did the simplest of things such as going on a drive with me, listening to my struggles, and sending me friendly texts. It was those simple things that saved my life!
 
I wish more people knew the power of a phone call, a text, an email or im. It really can save a life.
 
Who are your true friends? And have you been a true friend to someone else? Your phone call or text can save someone.
 
Take a look at what I am wearing HERE

 
 

4 comments:

  1. Such a true statement. I've always felt this one went lock and key with another of my favs: most people listen with the intent to respond, not to understand. True friends, along with not judging you, actually listen to you - even if you just need to complain about your day. Always good to have a reminder about remembering who your true friends are AND about being one too :)

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  2. When I first read this post the only words
    I saw were "you will learn who your
    true friends are" which caused me to
    notice emotionally that since my diagnosis
    I have lost almost all of my friends.

    I was profoundly affected by this.

    I am still learning how to understand what it
    means to have a mental illness.


    At first, I thought it was my entire fault
    and that if I could explain 'the problem'
    it would go away and we could all
    go on as if I wasn't ill.

    But I am.

    And I refuse to live in shame.

    When I re-read your post, I focused
    on a different statement: "... some
    people will love you just the way
    you are..."

    And when I considered it, I realized
    that this is true.

    I am beginning to form relationships
    in Second Life that I consider solid.

    And I have a partner who has loved
    me these 20 years regardless of
    the switches of which I was
    unaware.

    Thank you for creating a Blog like this.

    It is nice to know that there are people
    out there who can articulate what it
    feels like to have a mental illness.

    And we must articulate it for those who
    can't.

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    1. Thank you for sharing your story and thoughts Rob <3

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