Someone I work with has been having a tough time with her mental health. We haven’t always gotten along, in fact I often felt she didn’t get me. But she opened up to me about what she has been going through: adjusting to medications, moving through her own trauma. I knew my own experience could be helpful to her but in the past I would have never felt comfortable enough to be vulnerable with someone I struggled with. This time was different. I let down my wall. I decided to be kind. Not nice. Not just say platitudes. But to be honest and share my experience with mental illness and being okay with being not okay. She was so appreciative – she even took me aside to deeply thank me for my openness. We really connected in a deeper way and I felt like we were able to see each other a little more fully. I’m grateful this site has encouraged me to see ways where I can change niceness into kindness.

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