We all grew up in a family of crazy people…

My brother and our cousins - 1989. I'm the ugly one on the top...
My brother and our cousins – 1989. I’m the ugly one on the top…

 

I’m working on the book and I am sitting here crying as I write about all of the wonderful, amazing, difficult, beautiful, confusing, hilarious, heartbreaking moments of my young life. This little list came out of me and I felt like I needed to share this today. I thought maybe someone else might need to see that everything is a mixture of complexities and contradictions. And whether you grew-up with people who have mental illness or not, we all grew up in a family of crazy people.

  1. Growing up in a family of crazy people is funny.
  2. Growing up in a family of crazy people is sad.
  3. Growing up in a family of crazy people teaches you to be strong.
  4. Growing up in a family of crazy people teaches you to be compassionate.
  5. Growing up in a family of crazy people teaches you to be guarded and mistrusting.
  6. Growing up in a family of crazy people teaches you to be perceptive of other people’s feelings all the time.
  7. Growing up in a family of crazy people is unpredictable.
  8. Growing up in a family of crazy people made me anxious.
  9. Growing up in a family of crazy people made me very self-aware.
  10. Growing up in a family of crazy people made me very self-conscious.
  11. Growing up in a family of crazy people made me a little crazy – and a lot sane.
  12. Growing up in a family of crazy people made me appreciate imperfection.
  13. Growing up in a family of crazy people made me really appreciate the power of laughter.
  14. Growing up in a family of crazy people made me understand love, loving the whole person even the parts that are hard and broken and sad and difficult.
  15. Growing up in a family of crazy people made me feel different and ashamed.
  16. Growing up in a family of crazy people made me feel proud and inspired.
  17. Growing up in a family of crazy people made me understand complexity and contradiction.
  18. Growing up in a family of crazy people I was loved. And I still am.
  19. Growing up in a family of crazy people made me want to help others not feel different or ashamed – it made me want to share my life and my people with the world because every person deserves to be loved.
  20. Growing up in a family of crazy people made me really appreciate growing up in a family of crazy people

Much love,

Erin xo

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