These days, Imgur user mollywho has been shouldering a lot. The newlywed, who could not afford a wedding, does not see family often, fell out with her friends and, despite doing her best at work, feels depressed.
When she arrived home from a trip to San Francisco, she was shocked to find a beautiful list titled "Reasons I Love My Wife" scrawled on her bedroom mirror.
In a post on Imgur, she shared,
I think he wanted me to remember how much he loves me. Because he knows how quickly I forget. He knows I struggle to see good in the world, and especially the good in myself. But here it is. A testament and gesture of his love.
The 15-item list read:
1. She is my best friend 2. She never quits on herself or me 3. She gives me time to work on my crazy projects 4. She makes me laugh, every day 5. She is gorgeous 6. She accepts the crazy person I am 7. She's the kindest person I know 8. She's got a beautiful singing voice 9. She's gone to a strip club with me 10. She has experienced severe tragedy yet is the most optimistic person about humanity I know 11. She has been fully supportive about my career choices and followed me each time 12. Without realizing it, she makes me want to do more for her than I have ever wanted to do for anyone 13. She's done an amazing job at advancing her career path 14. Small animals make her cry 15. She snorts when she laughs
Although this woman realizes the list can't mend her depression, her husband's appreciation helps.
I'm not saying mental illness is cured by nice words on a mirror. In fact, it takes professional care, love, empathy, sometimes even medication just to cope... Everyone needs a little help sometimes... I'm still struggling, but I'm glad I have my other half to help me make it through. It may just be a few words on my mirror, but I'll look at them when I wake up and know I'm not alone.
Take a page from her husband's book, and tell the people you love what makes them so irreplaceable. It may, for a moment, change their perspectives.