Depressed Woman Notices Her Mirror Has Something Written On It – And Recognizes Her Husband’s Handwriting
Two newlyweds and fifteen things that the husband loves about his wife equals one happy marriage.
Nothing good in life comes easy, and that includes marriage.
Imgur, a site where you can share photos, has become a place on the Internet where one can go to display love. A newly-married Imgur user took to the social platform to explain her current situation. The woman, whose username is @mollywho, has been struggling with clinical depression while also trying to balance her responsibilities.
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“I’ve been juggling a LOT lately,” she wrote on Imgur. “Trying to do well at work. Just got married. Couldn’t afford a wedding. Family is sparse. Falling out with friends, yaddadyadda.”
With all that stress, she said she has been taking out her frustrations on her husband. That was an additional burden she felt she had to carry — that she wasn’t treating her husband as well as she wanted to.
“I’ve not been the easiest person to deal with. In fact, sometimes I’ve lost all hope and even taken my anger out on my husband,” she wrote.
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The Imgur user had to travel to San Francisco on a business trip, which she said didn’t help matters. She continued to write that when she returned from her work trip, she was exhausted and sad and that she even collapsed on her bed and cried upon reaching her house.
That was right before she noticed writing on her bedroom mirror. Upon further inspection, she realized it was a list, written in her husband’s handwriting.
“Reasons I love my wife:
1. She is my best friend
2. She never quits on herself or me
3. She gives me time to work on my crazy projects
4. She makes me laugh, every day
5. She is gorgeous
6. She accepts the crazy person i am
7. She’s the kindest person i know
8. She’s got a beautiful singing voice
9. She’s gone to a strip club with me
10. She has experienced severe tragedy yet is the most optimistic person about humanity I know
11. She has been fully supportive about my career choices and followed me each time
12. Without realizing it, she makes me want to do more for her than I have ever wanted to do for anyone
13. She’s done an amazing job at advancing her career path
14. Small animals make her cry
15. She snorts when she laughs”
That one list completely changed the way she felt; she hadn’t known what she needed, but her husband did. “I think he wanted me to remember how much he loves me,” she wrote. “Because he knows how quickly I forget.”
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The list even included things she struggled to recognize in herself. “He knows I struggle to see good in the world, and especially the good in myself. But here it is. A testament and gesture of his love. Damn, I needed it today,” she wrote.
Though she knows that this kind gesture hasn’t cured her mental illness, it has reminded her that she is loved and supported.
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“I’m not saying mental illness is cured by nice words on a mirror. In fact, it takes professional care, love, empathy, sometimes even medication just to cope,” she wrote. “Many people struggle with mental illness — more than we probably even realize. And instead of showing them hate or anger when they act out. Show them kindness and remind them things can and WILL get better. Everyone needs a little help sometimes. If that person can’t be you — see if you have any resources for therapy.”
This Imgur user was battling her own demons and needed to be reminded that there are people out there who want to help. Luckily, one of those people was her husband who had the ingenious idea to not only tell her how much he cared for her, but to show her. His kindness reminded his wife that things will get better and needing a shoulder to cry on isn’t something to be ashamed of.