Friends vs. Mental Health

Recently I heard a therapist asked “does this person have any friends”? For some reason that question made me stop and think. The more I thought about it…I found myself having to admit, sadly, 😔 I have no friends. Correction, I have a couple (2) friends that I speak with occasionally. Unfortunately, they both live 1.5/2 hours away so I don’t get to see them often enough. More spherically, I do not get to spend any “GIRL TIME” because in order for me to get to them, my husband has to drive me. I HATE 😡 what #paralysis has done to my life…done to me!

Most days I don’t recognize myself when I look in the mirror. I never put makeup on, I rarely smile and hardly ever enjoy a genuine laugh. I don’t go anywhere, so why put makeup on, I never spend time with friends resulting in no genuine laughter. I miss my life…I miss me…I miss not being able to jump in my car 🚗 and go to lunch or a movie 🎥 or out to dinner or out for a drink 🍹 with a couple girl friends. I miss not being able to take my Mother out for lunch on Mother’s Day, her birthday, etc.

“Friendships: Enrich your life and improve your health”

Mayo Clinic

Type in “Are Friendships important for mental health” and these are a few images I found…leading me to say “YES, having friends matter!”

I know by now you are thinking I’m exaggerating, but I’m really not. I haven’t gone anywhere without my husband in 7 years…no time Mother/Daughter time, no cousin time, no girls night and I’m tired of pretending that all is well with me. I’m not looking for pitty or anything, I just feel sad 😔 that surgery gone wrong left me in a #wheelchair and changed my life forever!

I remind everyone, don’t take life for granted, it can change in ways that you can never imagine. If you LOVE ❤️ those in your circle show it!

As always, I wish you a journey filled with exploring new people, places and things – take time to learn from and enjoy each new adventure along your way!

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One thought on “Friends vs. Mental Health

  1. Your right it sucks. My son can walk can drive short distances yet he has two good friends. People don’t understand your still you! You still want people in your life. It just has to be in a different way. But no ! No one can seem to extend their friendship if something has happened to change your abilities physically. Yes it stinks big time. Oh yes by the way I love you

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