Doubt is a thief.
Doubt makes you question, makes you afraid.
Doubt takes away ability.
Doubt can ruin a life.
When dealing with mental illness, your own brain is a robber.
Your own brain puts doubt in your head.
Your own brain is making you doubt yourself.
When your own brain is making you doubt yourself, you become paralyzed.
You are supposed to go to school.
You are supposed to go to practice.
You are supposed to go to work.
You can't, because you doubt yourself.
Your brain says you can't.
Your brain says you're not good enough.
Your brain says you're weak.
Your brain says you're worthless.
Eventually you can't even hear those around you telling you that you can.
You can't hear the words I love you.
You can't hear anything but doubt and you can't feel anything but fear.
You can't see any of your victories.
It's a daily struggle.
The voice can whisper, the voice can shout.
It's always there.
Doubt is a liar, and a thief.
Mental Health is real. It's serious. We all need to be aware. It's all around us. It's our mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, friends. It's silent. But we all need to talk about it. Share your stories. And know #ItTakesATeam
Our son battles mental illness daily. Last week he triumphed. This week doubt is stealing his ability. Every day his team reminds him of their love, gives him small goals, and praises him. It's one of the hardest battles he will face in his life. But he is not alone. And he is not ashamed to share his story.
And we are so proud of our tall one and his courageous battle.