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Romanticized Reality

mental illnesses are romanticized

in books and movies

as something that makes you weak

but if someone falls in love with you

then it will all be hunky-dory

when the reality is

mental illness means isolation

it means those closest to you

will turn their back on you

and attribute it to

‘being too busy’

when really it’s because of shame

but most importantly

it makes you strong, not weak

because you are fighting a war

that is scarier, more gory, and more painful

than anyone could imagine

and you are winning

because you have chosen

to keep living