Contrary to the cruel John Wayne ethos of rugged individualism that is drilled into us from birth here in the States, we human beings are social creatures who rely on community and support systems.
Playing tough guy and eschewing help for my Bipolar Disorder nearly cost me my life. And striving to live as the archetypal Clint Eastwood character put my father in an early grave.
As Natalia writes below, you are NOT a burden if you are struggling with extreme sadness or anxiety. Or other psychological or emotional issues.
Please reach out for help.
You are not alone.
We are all in this together. 💚