I sit here and write this entry while Nag Champa incense burns in the background – the last thing my dear friend bought me which I cherish each time I light one.
Five years ago, I had the pleasure of experiencing Glastonbury festival with Ellen – and may I add that she was six months pregnant so a slightly more hormonal Ellen than usual! We camped for the week, raided the magical stalls (where we spent too much), trekked through crowds of wonderful characters and saw the most beautiful sunsets from the Pyramid stage hillside. I’m sure it wasn’t the easiest of festivals for Ellen but that is what I loved about her, she embraced every hurdle that was thrown her way and did it with such ease and a smiling face. Nothing was stopping her from going to one of her favourite places in the world; she presented her tummy with pride and danced around the healing fields.
Many people knew Ellen as the strong soul that laughed and cared for each person that crossed her path, however behind the sparkling surface was a person battling mental health. This calendar is our hope to increase the understanding and stereotypes concerning mental health – our efforts to take the taboo out of something that like physical health, affects all of us. It has been an honour working alongside the MFM team; I have noticed how it has brought everyone together through difficult times and most importantly, all for such a great cause.
All I can say is try and find a little time for yourself in this busy world of ours, don’t be afraid to talk to your loved ones. Remember that no one is going to think you are weak or will judge you.
Make some time to do the simple things you love and that satisfy the mind and the heart. Our world can sometimes confront us with the unwanted but if you can find the freedom to move beyond these moments, then you can overcome the obstacles ahead.
Written by Livvy | 08.08.2018
Something Good Will Come
“I have become my own version of an optimist. If I can’t make it through one door, I’ll go through another door – or I’ll make a door. Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present.”
From ‘Soil. Soul. Society’ by Satish Kumar