(A Blog Every Day in May 2013 Challenge Entry)
Time for a short entry. No time to get all elaborate tonight! I was kind of stumped when it came to the following prompt:
Day 8, Wednesday: A piece of advice you have for others. Anything at all.
Sounds easy. Don’t eat the yellow snow, don’t pee into the wind, don’t eat the yellow snow after peeing into the wind...
I Can Be Your Hero Baby
suffer from what I and others have dubbed: White Knight Syndrome. I’m
not sure if that's an official term, but it’s fitting and kind of sums
itself up nicely; I like to help people. I’m very empathetic towards
people and their emotions, whether positive or negative. Much like that
positive/negative aspect, this attribute can be a gift or act as a
naturally drawn towards those that need help. Some would say “broken”,
but I feel everyone is “broken” in some shape or form. I want to help
them; people use the “fix” term. Many of those I’ve dated throughout my lifetime have
suffered from some variety of depression. Not just the “blues”, but
severe depression, are bipolar, etc.
are a multitude of worries I’ve had as to why I attract these people
(given I believe in like attracts like) into my life. It surely doesn’t
make it any easier. In fact, it naturally makes everything — almost
every aspect of a relationship — more difficult. This depends on the
severity of the affliction, but you get the idea. There is a very good
chance a good handful of you know exactly what I’m talking about. This
all would take a lengthy amount of time to delve into and, for purposes
of this post, would act as a tangent.
I want to say — the advice I have to give — for those who have a loved
one (friend, family, lover) suffering from depression is: don't make yourself believe you can
save them. You cannot save them. This statement still emotionally assaults me in a volatile fashion,
because I don’t fully agree. I think any help you offer another is
helping them. They may not accept it, but that isn’t on you. Though, helping isn't the same as saving.
importantly, what I’m trying to explain is that a lot of times they don’t
want/need you to save them. Sometimes it’s best to just be
there for them. To support them through their hardships, to listen, to
comfort, and to be compassionate. They don’t need you to be their doctor or
their therapist; they have those (or really, really should) of a
professional level. Though, I do feel I would make one hell of a
therapist! Even if I were one, though, I wouldn’t want to be one to my
significant other or loved one (even with the savings involved across the board).
isn’t your job to fulfill these roles, and believe me when I say most
individuals don’t want an “extra” playacting as one in their day to day.
What they want is to be held. To be loved and know they have someone
they can talk to, someone to share their feelings with, a shoulder to
cry on. Someone to tell them everything is going to be okay and that they aren’t
They don’t want you to be their superhero — a White Knight — tasked with fixing every perceived problem in their lives.
They just want your Love and Compassion. To simply be there.
Random Fun Fact #235:
If you are able to balance and moderate helping someone — being there
for them in their time of need — 9 times out of 10 you will end up being
you, or anyone you know, suffer from a form of serious depression? Have
you found yourself trying to help or “fix” someone you cared about?
*This fact is not backed by solid data or facts. Results may vary.