The first gives me comfort because others with Bipolar had shared it first on Facebook. It was good to see others acknowledge that they also live with this illness and try everyday to overcome it or accept it as part of life. Power to the people that recognize that not all debilitating illnesses are visible at a glance.
This one makes me think about who I am. I often find myself in a dark place where I can no longer see the light of the true me. This confirms how brave I must be to keep fighting my way out of the darkness and back to my inner light. It is never an easy battle as so many wish to think it is. How often do we hear or say something like: Get out of the house then you won't be depressed. Or: You choose how to live each day so if you feel that way, you must have chosen it. These well meaning phrases do the opposite of what is intended. Instead of inspiring us to do better or choose differently it triggers a spiral downward, we drown in our self-doubts and failures. Give us a life jacket instead. Sit and hug us. Join us in a dark moment offering your quiet support and love. That is what we really need, not your unintended belittling.