*Trigger Warning* Before continuing, please note, this post contains some emotional content and discussion of self-harm behaviour which can be a potential trigger
I really want to share some news.
Are you ready for this?!
I finished…READING A BOOK! A whole book!
It’s not the thickest of books but it is a book. Which I read from beginning to end!
Now I’ll explain my excitement.
I have been struggling to read anything longer than a paragraph for over a year now (or maybe longer), due to a lack of focus, concentration, intense frustration and general exhaustion.
Until this week. When I managed to finish reading a book called “Advice To My 18-Year-Old Self”. It’s a collection of short essays written by authors who wish to give some much needed advice to their younger selves.
Being in the state I am in at the moment; in my late twenties, with a serious mental illness, unemployed, in therapy, confused and working on recovery & self-discovery, the title of this book was extremely appealing. I really could have done with some good advice from a wiser self when I was 18 years old. Maybe things would have turned out differently?
I highly recommend this book, reading it has me thinking about where I was at that age and what was happening in my life then. What has happened in my life since. What would I say to my 18-year-old self?