“Taking the road less travelled”. I’ve been thinking about this saying a lot lately. For some reason it has sparked my interest after a conversation during the week about Jessie. The person said that they often found those who had taken the road less travelled to be the most amazing people. The saying made me step back and have a look at us. Jessie’s been meandering along the road less travelled for a while now. And after stepping back, from that distanced view I could see her story forming. I had a glimpse of her retelling the tale of how she became a nurse. I wonder of the future hurdles she’ll have overcome, and how beautifully multi-layered all these experiences will make her.
I’ve been staying in the day to day, not allowing myself to daydream too much about the future in any context. However there’s been a basal shift in Jessie that’s enabling her to push through her nerves and negative thoughts and get back into life. She has goals she wants to achieve, which is giving her direction and real purpose.
With Jessie at TAFE this year I’d been thinking that our lives are becoming more normal again. From our perspective they are – Jessie’s back to attending classes in a couple of weeks. To most I realise it still isn’t normal – kids Jessie’s age are studying Years 11 & 12; mine is in adult education. It’s funny how we perceive things differently depending on our own experiences. And I’ve spent way too much time worrying about not living a normal life. But what is normal anyway?? And who gets to judge?! Humans don’t generally welcome those who are ‘different’. Sadly mental illness remains judged without being understood. But that will be part of her story, and a part I don’t doubt she will continue to grow resilient against.
Jessie’s meandering road has taken her to some pretty dark places. They’ve broken her, but she’s rebuilding with an amazing capacity for compassion. The last two years in her room has been spent putting herself back together. Being determined and strong willed by nature, she’s worked so hard to be at a place where she’s really excited about the acting training, studying away from home, and making a future for herself. Being very self aware, she’s learned to manage her symptoms so much better. She’s developing a sense of self, which I’m enjoying see happen. I’d so love to see that general confidence she used to have, back as well. Give it time…having purpose does wonders for so many things.
“Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations” – auther unknown
Wonderful Kat ❤❤
— EmmaJane (@BloggingMama101) January 17, 2018
I’m not sure what normal is either Kat, but I think normal is ordinary and boring. 🤣
— Davina Lytle (@davinalytle) January 17, 2018
That’s a very encouraging piece of writing. The only “normal” I’ve ever accepted was a cycle chouce on a very old washing machine I had years ago. And I love that quote at the end so much. Thanks for sharing that. ✌
— Kate (@Benatural77) January 18, 2018
WOW! what a journey @familyfurore thanks for sharing (love the blog). I’m reading with a smile on my face, yup know that, yup been there, yup that’s where you’re heading now. I think the road is what it is – were given it – it’s up to us to make / see the best in it! Bon Vayage https://t.co/NkUHKWIMlD
— Apps For Wellbeing (@Apps4Wellbeing) January 18, 2018
Had a great time reading this one, your writing skills are growing day by day and it’s great. Awesome one 👍
— Brian Adam (@brianadam884) January 19, 2018
Thanks so much @annamartino56 😊 And I love your words “we’re all trying to figure it out together” – so very true and I’m very happy not be alone in this 🌟💕
— Kat (@familyfurore) January 30, 2018
Your blogs are amazing and your strength is inspiring so thank YOU! As for being alone… that will never happen! 😊 There are so many of us mental health warriors who will always support eachother because we know that we are #StrongerTogether ❤
— Anna Martino 🇨🇦 (@annamartino56) January 30, 2018