Great things are done by a series of small things being brought together – Vincent Van Gogh
The road to recovery isn’t paved, and it sure isn’t an easy drive. Actually it’s the exact opposite. It’s almost a vertical hill, and there’s bumps and pot holes and landslides. But if you take it slow, step-by-step, you’ll eventually make it to the top, and the view will be worth it.
Van Gogh was an amazing artist (one of my favourites), who was not respected during his time because he was labeled as “troubled” or “crazy”. In reality he was struggling with depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. Unfortunately Van Gogh did not make it to the top of the road to recovery, but work is proof he was trying. As quoted above, he believed small things could come together to form greatness, and I have to agree.
When you have a mental illness, it’s the little things that make you feel “normal” again. It’s the little things that push you up the road to recovery. It’s the little things that heal you.
Getting out of bed, showering, getting dressed, making dinner, going to class, all these things are considered “little” but in reality they can have a very large impact. These are the first steps to feeling better and I can tell you from experience, the first steps are the most difficult. Finding the courage and strength to break a streak of sadness can be really hard. You often get stuck in a funk, as some people say. What really happens is you get used to feeling a certain way, and its easier to stay the same, than it is to change the way you’re currently living. However, that change could be the change that changes your life.
Van Gogh knew it, and now I know it too. It’s the little things in life that make the difference. So if all you did today was get out of your bed and move to the couch, congratulations. You did it! You were able to pull yourself out of that cocoon of warmth and stand up! You stepped out of the safe quarters of your room and walked to the couch! If nobody tells you they’re proud of you today, know that I am. Remember a step is a step, no matter how small the foot.