“Do you think I’m crazy?”
A client asked me this as they walked out of the door of my therapy office.
I smiled and said, “no, not at all.”
I really meant it. They aren’t crazy.
But I also empathized deeply with their question.
I know what it’s like to feel crazy, or to feel like something is inherently wrong with you.
It feels heavy and confusing.
That’s probably what made me so curious about psychology in the first place.
What is it that makes me so... crazy?
Why are my emotions so hightened and why do things bother me that don’t bother other people.
Why do scary thoughts always creep into my mind?
Why do I overthink everything and obsess over things that aren’t important?
Why is there this pit in my stomach and tears in my eyes?
Why am I so sensitive and defensive?
Through the last decade of school, training and this career, I’ve come to recognize that I am, in fact, not crazy.
And so is my client.
And so are you.
I know how easy it is to look at others and think that they simply wouldn’t understand these feelings and thoughts you are having.
I know you might question, why do I do this? Why isn’t anyone else reacting this way?
Yes, there are times when we really do need to focus on and get help for our mental and emotional health. (And I totally will encourage you to go get the help and support you need!)
But friend, you are human.
And if there is one thing I’ve learned through this career is that we all have our junk.
Yes, even the person who looks perfectly put together has it, too.
Even the “best“ of us desperately need God’s grace.
This human condition thing doesn’t discriminate.
Thank God He has so much grace for us, because we ALL need it.
Every single one of us flawed humans need that grace so desperately.
So stop telling yourself there is something wrong inherently wrong with you.
You are an imperfect person in need of a perfect God.
Just like the rest of us.
~Kelli Bachara, The Unraveling Blog