I know the past few months have been some of the hardest of your life. It feels so dark. So heavy. I know you feel helpless, hopeless. That you are slowly losing your mind. I know it takes every ounce of your strength to get out of bed in the morning and face the day. You feel like a failure because you can’t pull yourself out of this pit you are sinking into. I know the thought of your life ending is a welcome one. You are hanging on by a thread, a thread that has worn thin.
But it is not over. This is not the end. I know it is hard to believe but you will make it through this. The rain will stop and the sun will shine again . You will laugh again. You will feel joy and happiness. The medication will work… keep taking it. Your sanity will return. You will begin to understand yourself and God in a whole new way. You will take in a deep breath and feel as though you are breathing in God himself, taking in his goodness and love for you and his complete acceptance of you. You will begin to feel whole and complete, even in your brokenness, and experience freedom you never dreamed possible.
And that guy, the one you think is totally crazy for dating you right now and should run for the hills? He doesn’t run. In fact, he marries you. Crazies and all. He will be such a source of comfort and strength in your life. A bright spot in the days ahead so be nice to him. You will also have a couple of kids, who you will love more than you thought possible. Oddly enough, they will also cause you to want to hide in the closet with the cordless phone and a large bottle of vodka (I should just write you a separate letter about all of that).
Although it seems impossible, good will come out of this. It is going to totally change the way you see yourself and the way you see God. It will give you an understanding about mental illness that you never had before. You will have more compassion and empathy for others who are struggling. And, if you are brave enough to share your story about what you went though (and continue to go through) maybe it can give a little hope to those who feel hopeless. A ray of sunshine to those in the darkness because the darkness can feel really dark. And maybe some comfort for those who feel so alone in their pain. To know they are not alone and that there are people who understand. Who have been there. Who have survived.