Thank you for seeing something I wasn’t aware of, Kayli Kunkel. This confirms to me depression hasn’t completely corrupted my sense of self yet even though it gave it all it had for five years.
I’ve had to learn to be kind to myself before I could open up to the world again. So yes, I have a lot of patience for the parasite in my head as well as my inner child. We all live together and are aiming for harmony since we’re stuck in the same head for life.
These days, harmony happens more and more frequently and this lets me work and get on with rebuilding as well as be present for my father, who is struggling with looking after my stepmom.
As you write, “Everything flipped when I learned to be as sympathetic and understanding for myself.”
This has been my experience, and it took me a while to get there, too.