When some people find out that I suffer from depression it prompts them to say “But you have so much to be grateful for, how could you possibly be sad?!” Unfortunately it doesn’t work like that. I know I have a lot of things in my life that I am without a doubt grateful for: a loving and supportive husband, 4 wonderful kids (2 have fur), my own home, the opportunity to be a stay at home mum and work on my blog, my health… the list goes on and on. So why am I still sad? No idea, that’s just the nature of the beast.
I stumbled across this gratitude challenge on Pinterest and thought it was a great idea. 30 days of gratitude! I thought it would be a great way to practise mindfulness to think of all the things I am grateful for.
DAY ONE: What smell am I grateful for today?
Rain. Here in Australia it’s summer and it’s sweltering hot. Yesterday was a 40c/104f plus day. Today was not as hot but more humid so I knew rain wouldn’t be far away. And we were blessed with a decent thunderstorm this afternoon. We haven’t had rain here much and all the grass and plants are turning brown. The smell of rain this afternoon was delightful. The earthy scent is so calming and I am grateful for its ability to make me feel at peace.
With this challenge I also want to address the perceived stigma placed on people who suffer from depression.
We can be happy. We are not dangerous. We are not weak. We can’t just “snap out of it”.
IT IS A MEDICAL CONDITION.
Never judge any person whether they have depression or not until you walk a mile in their shoes. Sometimes even the most “together” person you know could be battling internally with a mental illness. Because of the stigma surrounding depression most of us have learned not to talk about it.
But I will. And I will talk about it with anyone who wants or needs to talk about it.