Five years ago, a talented artist, Anya Getter, painted a beautiful piece for me (shown here) and sent it to me as a gift. You have to look closely to see the quote by Eleanor Roosevelt: “Do one thing every day that scares you.”
It sits on my bed stand so it’s the first thing I see in the morning when I get up.
Those of us who live with treatment-resistant depression, or any kind of illness that never completely goes away, have to do MANY things each day that scare us: going to the gym, taking care of our own children (especially if it involves laser tag, an arcade, or Chuck E. Cheese), confronting a family member, asking someone to pay us for work done three months ago, making dinner.
But we do them anyway.
We do them and pretend we’re not afraid.