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A message to your former self...
Yesterday in Chat the closing round was “You’re sitting on a bus, you look at the girl/Boy next to you, You noticed that this person is a former you, Its You from five years ago, You look upset…What is the one bit of advice you give to yourself based on your life now from how it was 5 years back?”
There was a lot of powerful responses, I won’t share what they we’re because I think that’s for the person to do so themselves, but they were a wide range of things about accepting ourselves, Embracing who we are.
If I could go back to my 15 year old self….I would tell myself, the following things..
“Don’t retaliate against mental health service, I know you don’t want to be under their care, but a few months down the line when you’re spending everyday with the police begging for some support you’ll wonder why you turned it down”
“Don’t be so angry about what you went through, It was awful. So fucking awful, but being so angry and worked up all the time is only going to be detrimental to your health and your recovery, It won’t change anything you went through”
“You’re story, your knowledge has the power to change peoples lives and change the services that are failing people, You need to be around to witness it”
What is yours?...Share as many as you want.