I go to counseling. This is something I am very open about. I think there is an unnecessary and unhealthy stigma attached to mental health and I think that needs to end. I think that that begins with us being honest and vulnerable. I’m not really sure where this stigma even came from. I don’t get why people willingly to take care of their physical health, like taking antibiotics and pain medication, but they refuse to treat or address their mental health. To me this makes absolutely no sense, at all. Mental health and physical health are both important. So this is why I go to a counselor. I go to grow and learn and change and love better. I go because my mental health is just as important as my physical health. I go every single week, and when I leave I like myself a little more. And I’m about to say something that might offend you, but I think you should probably go too.
One of my favorite catch phrases is, “we’re all a little crazy”, because well… we are. You might be thinking, “well speak for yourself Sarah” and I’d say, I am …. and I’m also speaking to you. We’re allllll a little crazy (some more than others). Craziness isn’t bad, it is evil, it doesn’t mean we should be locked up with the key thrown away. It just means that we’re human, and we live in a world where entropy exists. In other words, we live in a broken world that is falling apart a little more each day. We live in a world with mean bullies, and flawed parents, and teachers that are apathetic, and bosses who kick you when you’re down. Because of this fact, we each carry around a suitcase filled with baggage. In fact, some of carry around a few suitcases. Life doesn’t always deal kindly with us, but the beauty in that is that we don’t have to go at it alone. There is freedom found in speaking your baggage out loud. My friend’s counselor (who also happens to be my counselor) told her that we’re only as sick as our secrets. That is wisdom right there. Our baggage is only as heavy as what we choose to carry alone. When we share the burden with someone else, preferably someone who is trained to give you helpful wisdom, the burden becomes lighter and we can live freer!
So, because we’re all a little crazy, I think we could all use a season (or a few seasons) of counseling. I bet you think you don’t. You might even be annoyed that I’m telling you that you do. But counseling is not something to be ashamed of. It is not a punishment because you did something bad. It is something that is for your good! I think that God uses counselors to help us unlock our true potential. He has used mine to help me figure out who I am, whose I am, and who I can be. The first step is always the hardest step. But you can do it. I did it, and I never looked back.
How do you feel about counseling? Have you ever been to a counselor before?