I pin this for awareness and understanding. I think every family member, friend and caregiver needs to read this. Do not let mental illness define your opinion of your friend or loved one. That is not who they are. You would not condemn or judge someone for having cancer. The same recognition, support, compassion, and respect should apply to persons who are mentally ill. IMO.
'Berger is one of the most influential British intellectuals of the past 50 years, still best known for his seminal book of art criticism, Ways of Seeing, which was published in 1972 and has shaped the thinking of at least two generations of artists and students. From as far back as 1958, though, when he wrote his first novel, A Painter In Our Time, he was dealing with exile and displacement, which, has since become one of the defining political and social issues of our time.'
"Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert," Isaiah 43:18-19.
If someone decides they'd rather spend their time creating art, helping people, or simply being with their families instead of going to the gym every free minute they can find, who are you to judge them? Who are you to condemn them for not being what you consider an "acceptable size"? Who are you to assume they must be unhealthy? Love who you are.