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  • Writer's pictureMike Douglas

My Favourite Mental Health Quote

My favourite mental health quote, is possibly my favourite anything quote too. I guess that is easier to say because its not really a mental health quote. I have just applied it to my mental health when working through particular struggles.

The quote is someone struggling with an unwanted change in their life at that time. Them coming to terms with that change. Their understanding that things do change, our situations, environment and also ourselves.

I can really struggle with self judgment and comparing myself to 'who I used to be', and where I think I should be. So reading or hearing a quote that gives recognition to the many different yous you will be touched me. It helped me to accept that I will change and that that is ok. Right now I can be struggling but that is because the change is happening.

Through out our life we will be different people, I mean even as a young person you are different when your with friends than you are when you are with your family. You are still you, its just a different version of you. Should there be any surprise then that when we grow older that we don't also have different versions of ourselves when we are with different friends, our family and even when we are with ourselves.

I think I accept this and thats fine. But I was / am concerned that the current me is less than, weaker, less worthy than the old me. When the true (hopefully) is closer to the fact my world has changed and so I am changing as I adapt to it.

Yes my actions, thoughts and decision making will slightly change. But actually it would be stranger if they didn't.

"Times change and so must I. We all change when you think about it. We’re all different people all through our lives. And that’s ok, that’s good, as long as you keep moving, as long as you remember all the people that you used to be. I will not forget one line of this, not one day, I swear. I will always remember when The Doctor was me." Matt Smith's final speech as Dr Who in 2013.

Ok so I am obviously not The Doctor. But drop that last sentence or change it to whatever you want to remember but move on from.

I will always remember being happy and married. Being a husband.

Thats ok to remember, to appreciate that time. It is important because to move on from that version of me, I need to appreciate that time and give it that recognition. It is also important to acknowledge that that is not me now. That now I am a different me. It is not about being better or worse. It is about knowing I will always be me. Just like when you go somewhere new and discover yourself, when the Dr regenerates, I now need to discover my new self and how this me is. Its the old 'the same but different' saying right?

I feel like I have waffled on a bit there, there is so much thought running through my mind. I can feel the small pegs trying to work out which holes they fit into. How they feel about...everything. In a world where blue and green have been replaced by pink as my favourite colours. Where collection has been hit by a desire to have next to nothing.

Is this a me that will be here for a long time? Or will this be a me thats only here till the mid-season break (tv programme pun, not funny I know)? As my long term aims and thoughts mix with my short term thoughts. Not to mention the added confusion and combustion of my depressive thoughts.

I guess the quote is about accepting we do not know how long each 'us' is here for, and again thats ok.

Could you make any sense of my favourite quote thoughts?

What is yours, mental health or otherwise?

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