I think, given the existence of this blog, it might be quite obvious that many of my friends are of the virtual variety. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever had friends like some of the people I’ve come across in the online MH community.
As so many of you have been for me, I like to make sure I’m available to others in times of need. That said, I have to admit to having dropped the ball somewhat recently. I have a close friend with whom I lost contact for a month or so. I did send a couple of text messages her way, but I didn’t pursue things when I was met with no response. However, yesterday, it came to light that she has been in hospital, detained under the MH Act for the last four weeks…and I hadn’t known a thing about it. Why? Not because I am under the illusion that someone should have let me know, but because I didn’t stop and think about why she had gone quiet.
I feel awful that this lovely, funny, intelligent girl has been in agony and I’ve not been therefor her. I could have been sending daily text messages in an effort to keep her spirits up. Or mailing care parcels down. Or playing online games with her.
I have a feeling you might read this, LO, and I want you to know that I’m sorry, that I believe in you, that you have so much still to offer and that I won’t take our friendship for granted again. Remember, We Can Do Hard Things xxx