I don’t have a choice…

Yeah you do.

I have heard so many comments and complaints from people lately using the words “I don’t have a choice” that I have chosen to add my two cents.

You may think I am arrogant or even ignorant with my opinion. At one time no so long ago I was also on the “no choice” bandwagon.

There is a huge difference between not having a choice because you think you don’t and really not having a choice.

A child who is orphaned did not choose to be. Being diagnosed with any illness is not a choice.

For example: I did not choose to have mental illness. I did not choose to have a breakdown or when it would happen. There were no options, alternatives or any way around these things. If I had a choice, I would choose not to have mental illness. I would have chosen to continue my life with the interruption of a disease and its symptoms. Contrary to what I have been told, I can’t just wish it away.

I do have a choice in how I deal it. Among other things I can decide to take medication the rest of my life to help manage my disease or I can choose not to and live in a world desperation and incorrect perspective. I chose to write this blog and be upfront about struggles and issues with my own mental health. I could have chosen not to.

Think about it.

We all have choices; they may not be what we think we want or what we think we need but there is always a choice.

Next time you find yourself spitting out those words, think about the people who really don’t have a choice and ponder what choices you do have. Image

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