Top 5 most respected/trusted/admired/loved/inspirational adults in my life:
In an alternate universe, Lis is my mum and instead of being anxiety provoking, she uses her anxiety to quell my own—“when I got my ATAR I sat in the bath crying for 3 hours straight”, “I don’t have any advice re: nerves, afraid to say I never mastered them, but I do know that you forget half way through and start to enjoy yourself”, “we are so proud of you and feel so blessed to have you in our lives”.
In my mental list of ‘things that make it worth it’, Lis and her beautiful family rank high. She is the perfect example of what you can achieve despite pervasive mental illness. "We are more than the worst thing that’s ever happened to us"—in our case, life and how we are programmed to think, perceive and function.
"You seem to have it together...more than I did when I was your age, or at least you project a sense of coping upon others." --Ms OH
"Mental illness is just as serious as a physical illness. You should not be treated any differently, your symptoms are legitimate. I am going to do everything I can to keep you at uni." --Siobhan
"Writers are very prone to depression...it's such a introspective profession..." --Nick
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'" --Fred Rogers