23. Keep on fighting!
Every single person will suffer from mental health problems. Whether this is coping with the death of a loved one, anxiety, loneliness, etc. There should be no shame in this, because it is a natural, and we very much appreciate those who speak up and come forward with their issues.
I always remind myself of this quote I once read in a therapeutical book not too long ago: "Nobody is immune to the inherent tragedies of existence."
Keep on fighting. Keep on speaking up. We can make this world a better place once we understand each other better.
24. Cut from the same cloth.
We're all cut from the same cloth. We all have flaws, insecurities and bad experiences but not one of these things can define us.
There's always someone out there feeling just as bad as you. Your thoughts aren't terrible and things will get better.
Recovery is not a straight path. It often gets worse before it gets better.
I like the plane analogy that comes from Stewart Emery's book Actualisation.
When landing a plane, there is a console known as the inertial guidance system. The purpose of the system is to get the plane within one thousand yards of the runway for landing. Each time the plane strays off course, the system corrects it.
The pilot explained that they would land successfully despite "having been in error 90 percent of the time." Emery took it from there, stating: "So the path from here to where we want to be starts with an error, which is correct, which becomes the next error, which we correct, which becomes the next error and so on." So the only time we are truly on course is that moment in the zigzag where we cross the true path.