Saturday, 4 April 2015

I am lucky because...

1. I live a fifteen minute walk from the sea where I can go for long, refreshing walks. 

2. I have the best support from my family, friends, uni tutor, and Dr. I know many people suffering from depression do not have such a great support system, this is actually why depression is on the rise, according to my Dr. The rise of social media has left us less close to others so most of us have weaker support from people around us.

3. I always have a roof over my head and a bed to sleep in. As well as food, water, and comfort. Please don't take these things for granted, ie next time there is a charity trying to get you to throw a bucket of water over your head remember these facts: 750 million people in the world (that's 1 in 9) don't have access to clean and safe water. More than 840,000 people die each year from water and sanitation related causes. Lack of access to clean water and sanitation kills children at the rate equivalent to a jumbo jet crashing every ten hours. Finally, women and children spend 140 million hours each day collecting water. (Facts taken from Water.org)

4. I live in a country where women are allowed to vote, and drive when there are still places in the world where women aren't even allowed to do these things we take for granted now.

5. I am alive.

Please take a few minutes to think of those who go without. It's too common for us to turn a blind eye and throw a bucket of clean, drinkable, safe water over ourselves and let it run into the ground wasted...just because we can. Despite suffering mental illnesses I know my life isn't bad, I am just unwell at the mo. What are you grateful for? :)

9 comments :

  1. Heyyah :D
    Hope you feel better soon. :)

    I really liked this post because it shows some sense of gratitude
    There's an Irish blogger I know who is doing a series on Mental illnesses.
    She gathered some anonymous volunteers via social media, the internet etc to share their story and experiences with mental illnesses. I thought you might like that post seeing as you've gone into mental illnesses a bit in this post. :) . https://liesandbowties.wordpress.com

    I miss your posts, but don't post if you dont feel up to it.

    Ellen,
    http://fishnetsxd.blogspot.ie

    ReplyDelete
  2. It's so important to remember to be grateful for what you have...when I'm going through rough patches with my health I remember how lucky I am to have the best healthcare, and for free too! What an amazing privilege.

    Remembering how lucky you are isn't a cure for depression but I do hope it helps somewhat :) I hope blogging about it is helpful too! x

    Josie’s Journal

    ReplyDelete
  3. Sending love! These are all really good points, I hope writing this post helped you feel somewhat better :)
    I'm kind of the opposite to you - when I am going through a rough patch I often find dwelling on how lucky I am makes it worse as I am very aware that's the case and feel ungrateful and awful that I somehow have the audacity to still feel this way, it's sort of a vicious circle. But no matter how bad I'm feeling, these are all such important things to remember to gain perspective that things could be so so much worse and to spare a thought for people in that position - great post xx

    blog.doodleheart.co.uk

    ReplyDelete
  4. Hello you! Hope you are well :) thank you for sharing her blog with me, having a look now! I'm hopefully back to blogging more regularly, maybe not as often as before but I have some drafts lined up! :) xo

    ReplyDelete
  5. Very true! Too many people take free health care for granted. Also true that it doesn't cure depression and it's OK to not be OK, if I can't make myself feel better I don't beat myself up about it, that just makes it worse! xo

    ReplyDelete
  6. Thanks lovely :) oh I totally feel like that too sometimes, when I feel like that I just remind myself that it's OK to not be OK :) tends to be when I'm already feeling positive about getting better that I have this grateful attitude haha! Thought it was a good thing to post to start off with to spread a little love with you guys :) xo

    ReplyDelete
  7. I totally understand what you mean. :)
    I've felt a similar way to you about blogging. :)
    Like I felt uninspired and I didn't want to put up stuff that was forced but then the other day I got quite inspired so I have some posts lined up for April.

    I wouldn't worry if you don't post as often. Quality over Quantity I always say. It does help to have a lot of new stuff, but honestly just post when you want :) It is a hobby after all :)

    ReplyDelete
  8. Hey gurrrl! Hope you feel better soon, I've missed you around these parts!
    Uni is a hard time for everyone but I know it's harder when we have other things on our minds. Don't forget to take some time for yourself no matter how many assignments, exams and what not that you have. Lastly, if you feel like a chat, I'm not too far away :)

    ReplyDelete
  9. Thanks love, starting to feel better now, just in time for exams!! ;) you're the bestest :D

    ReplyDelete