Something I’ve been wrestling with lately is something I’m not sure I’ll ever figure out.
Are there two sides to everything or no sides at all? Are good and bad opposite sides of the coin, or are they just one and the same, different perceptions of what the coin already is?
The same can be applied to mental health. Are happy and sad polar opposites, or are they just one whole? Is depression the opposite of euphoria? Of mania? I don’t think it’s that simple, but we try to make it simple so that we can understand it better. To simplify is to apply words we know to experiences we can’t quite grasp.
And I think this is the huge challenge of mental health. We can’t simply boil down entire life histories and ways of being into words and phrases. To reduce something in that way is to completely dehumanize.
We are all made up an uncountable number of components. Just when you think you’ve figured a person out, they do something to surprise you. And I think that’s because there is an infinite realm of possibility within each person. It’s terribly exciting, but it’s all terribly overwhelming and confusing.
How can one person take action after action to hurt himself or others only to one day, in a flash, change and become a great healer?
Because that unlikely scenario is within an unfathomable range of possibility. Because life isn’t so simple. Because life, in reality, is a paradox.
And in a world where understanding sits right next to misunderstanding, life can get pretty darn confusing.
I think that’s the point of it all. To understand that there is much we know, there is much we don’t know, and there is much that we don’t know we’ll one day know.
Isn’t that strange? To think that one day you will know things you never once fathomed you could ever know?
That kind of thought excites and produces goosebumps because I know it’s happened to me in the past and it’ll happen to me once again.
It’s more about the process of living than anything else.
Get lost in the process. That’s where you’ll figure out more than you ever thought you could.