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I caught myself recently comparing my situation to others. I was doing really well for a while and now am in a rough patch, off work on disability for a while and just waiting to feel like I can work again, which I think will be soon hopefully. I just hope my doctor agrees.
So I have found that mental illness is a lot like a roller coaster ride, lots of ups, downs, curves and straight spots. I must embrace those straight spots and shoot for the even keel. In the past I have reached out to others who were struggling and right now others are reaching out to me. This is the great part of life, never boring for long.
I actually thought about this at the gym. Some of the people were skinny and fit, others had a way to go. I am somewhere in between. I must be content with who I am, always working to get better and not be so hard on myself when I am not succeeding the way I plan. Mental illness is the same way I find.
It can be dangerous though when I see someone doing really well and become envious in a negative way. This serves no purpose. I must try to be happy for them and hope that one day I, too, can be back at work at a job I love. If I sit in jealousy and discontentment, this will encompass my mind and can be very bad for my recovery.
Please share your experiences too!