Me: “I did what you suggested, but I think it made me feel worse.”
Therapist: “Ok, well. That is information.”
Therapist: “I apologize if it made you feel worse. Sometimes my advice is wrong.”
Therapist: “I make mistakes.”
Therapist: “I am only human.”
Me: “YOU ARE?!”
I spend my work days almost exclusively with children and no adults, so sometimes I’m tempted to have a more intellectual conversation than they are capable of having.
After reading this segment of a larger article on how pioneer children entertained themselves….
Kid: “Ok…but then what?”
Me: “What do you mean?”
Kid: “How is that a game? They’re just swinging a button.”
Me: “Right…well. I think that’s the point of the article. To compare and contrast how pioneer children entertain themselves with how children entertain themselves now.”
Kid: “Oh my god. I feel so bad for them. They must be so bored!”
Me: “Ironically and interestingly, I don’t think they were. Because they had to work harder to entertain themselves, they were probably better at it and more content than today’s children. Having to work harder for your entertainment makes you appreciate it more.”
Kid: (blank stare)
Me: “Ok, never mind. That might have been a bit over your head.”
Kid: (blanker stare)
Me: “Sometimes I overanalyze and put more of a psychological spin on these things than is necessary.”
Kid: (blankest stare)
Me: “Let’s get back to the article. What was the main idea?”
Kid: “Pioneer kids’ toys SUCK.”
Me: “Ok…not exactly….”
Kid: “I’m going to send them some better toys!”
Me: “But…you can’t send pioneer children toys…”
Kid: “Because they live too far away?”
Kid: “Or maybe their parents don’t let them take stuff from strangers?”
Me: “Stop talking and put down the pencil.”
I saw true compassion, humanity, and downright awesomeness last night when I confided in someone I don’t know very well that I have Depression, and he responded first by asking me to tell my story, next by listening intently to everything I said, and then by purchasing tickets for himself and his friends to attend the Active Minds Casino Night event I am co-hosting with friends and family for mental health awareness and suicide prevention.
Good people are everywhere. I learn that every time I share my story, but it still never ceases to amaze me.
The conversation is truly changing. This is a battle we can win.
Come be a part of the movement!
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