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“The blind cannot see, the proud will not” -Russian Proverb
Being judging came very easily to me. People with Mental issues are basically weak, revel in self-pity are just plain pathetic! Well, that’s what I used to think until I had my very mental breakdown and well I continued to think that way for a while after that too. Unfortunately, society sets us up to have this kind of viewpoint from a very early age.
Now, I will share some things about myself and how blind was to my state.
I was verbally, emotionally and physically abused as a child except, I didn’t see it that way. I wasn’t the kind of child who would just take it, instead I talked back a lot and developed quite a scorn for my abuser & challenged & baited them too. I was told since I was 5 years old that I had to be the stronger and more mature one even though I was the child in this situation that involved adults. This made me feel helpless a lot of times but also helped me in a different way. The fact that someone thought I could be strong and mature and made me feel that I could handle this & I actually did! Now, the thing I didn’t or couldn’t realize was that just because one can walk barefoot over a rocky surface doesn’t mean one isn’t going to get some bruises and scratches along the way.
When one is in a bad situation, one is too preoccupied coping, rationalizing, justifying and hiding. It is because of that, its important for the onlookers and society to be understanding, compassionate and supportive.
“Men in the game are blind to what men looking on see clearly” – Chinese Proverb