Sunday, 4 October 2015

How are you?

How are you?
Three words repeated over and over again, a platitude - learned behaviour. I’ll tell you what I do. I put my smile on and I say
            FINE THANKS
            and keep moving if I can.
            OR I sigh lightly and laugh a little and say surviving. I’m surviving. Like I’m some kind of creature whose out in the woods and getting by although it’s dirty and mucky and sometimes cold.
            Then I always say “How bout yourself?” and they say something similar although maybe there’s too much work or something going on with their Mother-in-Law and they’ll fall in to telling me.
I tend to keep the things that I actually want to talk about until I actually want to talk about them.
            This greeting isn’t meaningless, not quite. Sometimes it can have huge power. When my close friend came round to see me, after her husband had been diagnosed with a chronic illness I asked her how she was and she wept, saying no-one had really asked her. I thought maybe they had but you wouldn’t want to open up about that to just anyone. 
            The thing is, actually, probably the most important thing you can do is ask your very own self - “How are you?” and if you’re good then great - if you aren’t then you should give yourself a hug and ask why not and is there anything you can do to help.
            Deciding to be a friend to myself could be the best thing I have ever done.

            I encourage to do the same and remember that at the very crux of it - YOU ARE NOT YOUR EMOTIONS. YOU ARE ONLY EXPERIENCING THEM.

1 comment:

  1. I'm cautious about being too introspective. I'm on day 12 of a respite from my depression; I think it may be because I am not giving it any attention. So to ask myself "How are you?" might be dangerous.