If Only

A brief sojourn into the land of “what if”

Ashley Peterson
Oct 12 · 1 min read
Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

If only…

If only being around people wasn’t so hard.

If only I could care about the things that, at least intellectually, I would like to care about.

If only I wanted to spend Thanksgiving with family like “normal” me would; or at the very least, if only I thought that it would be tolerable.

If only depression didn’t get in the way so often.

If only I didn’t have this stupid illness.


But it is. I can’t. I don’t. It does. I do.

But I can find things to be grateful for every day.

But I have a home that is comfortable and secure.

But I have five little furbabies whose adorable faces bring light to every day.

But I’m doing the best I can.

And really, that’s what matters.

Ashley Peterson

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Mental health blogger, nurse, living with depression. Author of Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis and Psych Meds Made Simple. https://mentalhealthathome.org

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