I believe that one of the nicest things that the journey to recovery has done for me is it has developed my ability to read, understand and empathise with others. People of all kinds. It has enabled me to forgive people that hurt me, let go of bad things people had done to me and as I had done to others.
I achieved this simply because I developed an ability to truly understand human emotion and it’s equal, universal nature.
We as humans are judgemental. It is a part of our nature. However when I finally accepted that something was not ‘right’ within me and I was officially diagnosed with depression and anxiety. I suddenly wanted to understand more than just myself but us as a race. Us as humans. Our emotions. The effects of certain emotions. The causes of mental illness. The correlations. I suddenly began to respect the people that others hate, notice people that hide away. This awareness eradicated any ignorance I had.
It was as if when I came in tune with my own emotions I became tuned in to understanding everyone else’s.
This inspired me to not only help those I have come to understand but defend those that we may judge and also encourage everyone to open their eyes to a very big thing in our world.
You must understand that I am not saying everyone has a mental health problem; I am expressing that through recovery I formed an ability to understand the diversity of all emotion, its causes and its effects. A skill that has served me well.
I believe we all should do a little more to understand others. Empathy is important. Swallow any ignorance. Attempt to question your judgements of other people. Listen to stories. Be kind.