Hey everyone out there! The Top 5 Support list is a new community collaboration category that our website is building, and I’m lucky enough to be the one to start it out. Think of this as an exercise to remind yourself or even take note of the support you have in your life when you need it most. It can be family, friends, teachers, doctors, strangers on Reddit, or even some of your favourite local neighbourhood characters. We hope this exercise helps you recognize that you’re not alone and that if you think really hard, there are people out there that will give you the time and ear you need when you need it most. So without further adieu, here are the Top 5 support people in my life(names have been changed to protect the innocent).
Karen – Hometown Bestie
The person that grew up with me throughout my ugly years when I was less refined, and all my flaws were on display. Before contour and a mental health diagnosis, there was Karen beside me every step of the way, discovering as we went and even still as we go! She’ll always pick up the phone when I need her most.
Alicia – Sister
We don’t get to choose our family, but we do get to choose our key players! My sister Alicia is my ride or die. She insists on calling me a best friend. I call her with my “sister secrets,” and she is like a vault of embarrassing stories, well-educated opinions, and non-judgemental venting. She’s my genetic bestie.
Benjamin – Work Bestie
Clocking in to focus when you’ve got a lot going on can be really triggering. I am so grateful to have a work bestie that has the context for when my mood is fluctuating dramatically. We get out of the workplace and build outside of the “work” narrative so I can really trust Ben. It’s comforting to know that when either of us are hitting a wall, we’re there to support each other getting through it. He will also be editing this piece of work, and if I didn’t put him in it, he’d be really upset. I KID! He can take a joke too. But in truth, those who can share Ativan’s are pretty good friends.
James – Partner
James is my safety blanket. Sometimes I come home, and I’m fuming with rage, beaming with happiness or quietly anxious, and he honors that space. I’m allowed to toil, or shutdown and I don’t feel judged or like I’m annoying or inconveniencing him. He always makes me a cup of tea and throws on Netflix as a backdrop for my decompression.
Lori – Local Barista
Lori is the best. She asks “what’s new” instead of “how are you.” She remembers names and places and follows up with me when I look rough or anxious. She’s my 30-second therapist, and we build ample rapport because she also shares her stories with me. She’s on my Instagram now.
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