A close friend said something like that to me, last week I think.
Actually, what they said was the iconic line from LoTR. ‘Cause we’re both geeks.
“Come, Mr. Frodo!’ he cried. ‘I can’t carry it for you, but I can carry you.” (Samwise Gamgee to Frodo)
― J.R.R. Tolkien,
I’d gone down yet another slide into depression and been a little quiet. A lot of people are very confused about what to do when one of their friends is dealing with a mental health issue.
I mean, especially if you’ve never experienced depression or anxiety before, it can be nigh impossible to figure out how to act or react.
We humans like to fix things, in general. Depression isn’t a ‘fixable’ thing though. Not really. It’s treatable, not really fixable, not in my experience.
Someone saying to me… I see that this is happening for you, I understand, and I can’t carry that feeling for you, but I can be here for you…
That was one of the kindest, most understanding things someone has ever said to me when I’m fighting my own mind to convince myself to keep breathing.
Knowing that, EVEN WITH my depression, that a person (or more than one person) gets that they can’t really help, says they get that, but that THEY’LL STILL BE THERE. (then to prove it)
You have no idea how powerful that can be.
My mental illnesses have been with me most of my life, they’re chronic, and likely will be a complication for me for my entire life.
It’s what trauma does to a person, and honestly, I’ve been doing well for the past ten years or so in coping with it.
It’s only the past couple of years or less that have been so hard that I’ve lost any semblance of resiliency.
It’s costing me a lot. I’m behind on work, on writing, on things I said I wanted to do as per blogs I want to write for. On housework… I’m behind on pretty much every aspect of my life right now. The anxiety that causes is feeding the beast of my depression too.
I’m trying to take it all just one day at and one task at a time.
It’s a challenge to get out of bed most days right now, and keeping myself focused on my work is an even bigger challenge.
I’ll fight my way back, again. But it’s invaluable to know that I have people in my life who not only feel ‘I’ll be there’ but are brave enough to say something that’s going to get through my thick skull to get the message through.
Trust it to be a geek reference that did it.