Mental Health Awareness Month

May is mental health awareness month and although it’s coming to an end, I figured I’d still post this. A few months back I read Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb and I absolutely loved it! I would suggest every adult read it, but understand it won’t be for everyone. So I’d say that if you’re interested even a little, read the first few chapters and see if you want to keep going. It’s tagline is “a therapist, her therapist, and our lives revealed” and it’s exactly that. She talks about her own life, her own struggles as well as her patients and things they battle with. And I really think a lot of it is relatable. Not saying you will connect to just one character outright, but you may see parts of yourself in each character. And one thing I really liked about it is that it doesn’t read like a self-help book. You know the ones that are like your relationships are like a garden that you need to water and you’re cringing and your eyes are rolling out of your head…

Mixed among interesting stories and relatable situations, MYSTTS offers a lot of great pieces of advice. I was actually reading this with a pencil in my hand to underline or star things I liked and wanted to go back to. Felt like I was back in high school annotating Leaves of Grass. And while I think you should read for yourself, I’m going to share a bunch of quotes from the book that resonated with me most. I’d love to discuss the book as a whole and each of the following quotes, but I’m choosing not to comment on them here. Just take them as they are and interpret or apply them to your own lives however you can. Maybe if you don’t read the book, you can come back to this post and re-read some of these, I know I will. Hope you enjoy them!

  • “There’s something likeable in everyone”
  • “Doing something prompts you to do something else, replacing a vicious cycle with a virtuous one. Most big transformations come about from the hundreds of tiny, almost imperceptible steps we take along the way.”
  • “I once heard creativity described as being the the ability to grasp the essence of one thing and the essence of some very different thing and smash them together to create some entirely new thing.”
  • “its okay to not know”
  • Flannery O’Connor quote: “The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.”
  • “if we spend the present trying to fix the past or control the future, we remain stuck in place, in perpetual regret.”
  • Welcome to Holland
  • “We think we make bucket lists to ward off regret, but really they help us to ward off death.”
  • “part of getting to know yourself is to unknow yourself – to let go of the limiting stories you’ve told yourself about who you are so that you aren’t trapped by them, so you can live your life and not the story you’ve been telling yourself about your life.”
  • “Follow your envy – it shows you what you want.”
  • “ultracrepidarianism means “the habit of giving opinions, and advice on matters outside of one’s knowledge or competence.””
  • “the thirties are a decade of building the foundation of the future.”
  • “You won’t get today back.”
  • “The four ultimate concerns are death, isolation, freedom, and meaninglessness.”
  • “it’s the not knowing that torments all of us”
  • “You can have compassion without forgiving.”
  • “How long do you think the sentence for this crime should be?”
  • “if we’re cut off from our feelings, just skating on the surface, we don’t get peace or joy – we get deadness.”
  • “There’s no hierarchy of pain. Suffering shouldn’t be ranked, because pain is not a contest.”
  • “You can’t get through your pain by diminishing it… you get through your pain by accepting it and figuring out what to do with it.”
  • “How many people avoid trying for things they really want in life because it’s more painful to get close to the goal but not achieve it than not to have taken the chance in the first place.”
  • “Sometimes you have to take a leap of faith and experience something before its meaning becomes apparent.”

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