I recently wrote a piece on mental illness for Headspace’s blog, The Daily Dot. Was it difficult? Absolutely. I went back and forth for days about if I should even share this article with my mother, but after a few comments of encouragement from friends, I decided to do it. She remembers our two weeks in Dallas together differently, said that if I would ever like to write an article like this again she would be happy to provide me with more accurate information. I had a talk with her about perspective, how it has to be okay for me to share my own.
I ran across the perfect Ann Patchett excerpt to share with her. It’s from Ann’s book of essays, This is the Story of a Happy Marriage:
I texted a photo of this page to my mother as an olive branch. I’m 65% sure that it helped.