I don’t know if the gif will play when I upload it but I love this part of Lilo and Stitch.
And it brings me somewhat indirectly to what I’d like to share with everyone today.
You can be broken and be a masterpiece at the same time.
When you suffer from depression and anxiety it is easy to see what’s wrong with you. Your focus tunnels in on your problems and the difficulties in your life. What you’re missing and what you want but feel like you can’t have.
It is possible to be both.
Just because you only see your flaws doesn’t mean your strengths have gone away. They’re still there. Sometimes it may seem lost like a talent you have lost the motivation to use or simply feeling too tired to be as good a person or parent as you feel like you should be.... but what makes you you hasn’t gone away forever. I like to remind people all the time that the fact that you worry about whether or not you’re a good person or parent is most often a sign you are. If you weren’t, you wouldn’t care if you are or not.
You can be both broken and still be an amazing person. A family and a community can have problems and fight but still be part of a better whole.
Try not to focus on your flaws, because sometimes what makes you feel bad about yourself might just be beautiful or even irrelevant to others. There’s beauty in differences and even sometimes in chaos.
People who suffer from anxiety and depression are often the kindest and most caring people I’ve ever met. The world is a hard place but they don’t give up. They’re strong and just want to be truly loved and supported.
I will post some other time about how Love is never truly gone even if we don’t feel it, but for now remember that just because you see yourself as broken doesn’t mean you aren’t beautiful inside and out.