the gap between ideals and reality



When I had drinks with my friends from grad school majoring in women’s studies, I found out that most of the people there were living with depression, and that some even had the experience of being hospitalized at a psychiatric hospital. Everyone was being super open, sharing their experiences and information about counselling and medication.


It was a strange feeling. People who didn’t fall within the category considered “normal” were laughing, talking about their depression and suicidal thoughts they had in the past, and supporting each other. It reminded me of how unnatural it is that society categorizes people as “normal” and “abnormal”.