“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”
~ Ian MacLaren (Rev Dr John Watson DD)
A few weeks ago while I was going out with friends in Bournemouth, I’ve met this guy, and we started chatting about all sorts of stuff, mainly though about music, DJs we liked and the music scene in Bournemouth. We ended up, as you do, talking about Mental Health. As we discussed the subject, my new acquaintance started to talk about Tyson Fury and how Tyson had shared his story about wanting to drive his Ferrari off the road and as such implicating that he wanted to take his own life. What was Tyson’s message? That anyone can have mental health issues!
The guy I was talking to was getting very irked. He said he found that kind of comment annoying as Tyson would not know what it was really like to be so ‘low’ as how bad was his life really? As I listened to him, it made me think. Surely everyone has a ‘back story’ and what Tyson was trying to say was that even with all the money he had and his Ferrari, that day he felt like ending his life.
I think that before we ‘judge’ everyone on their mental health issues on a scale of 1 to 10 based on how low they’ve fallen, we need to understand that mental health issues can affect anyone at any time. After all, it’s not a competition out there. I know some people who had lots of bad things in life happen to them, and they shrug them off easily. However, for some, it’s harder to do and even the simplest things can tip them over the edge.
In my view, those who appear to have a perfect life, can often be those who are working the hardest to keep on going. Think about someone you know who smiles all the time and listens to you, who’s always a true and loyal friend. I equate those lovely people to a graceful swan on the outside whilst behind those beautiful feathers are two webbed feet paddling away very quickly in amongst the reeds and the darkness of the water.
That is why I have shared this wonderful quote by Ian MacLaren. He died in 1907 but was a Minister at the Free Church of Scotland (Ian MacLaren was his pen name as a fictional writer). Those are beautiful words and a wonderful mantra to live by!
With my love,
Tracey B x
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