You don’t have to climb every mountain – just your own personal mountain

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Ok, this was something my shrink Jarred told me and it was probably the only thing he got me to listen to! Before meeting him, I always thought psychiatrists, psychologists, analysts and counsellors and such like just enjoyed being around misery! Hahah!

Sorry Jarred! Well I did. I mean, why would you wanna listen to problems all the time? That’s before I had this stroke, of course, since when I’ve come to realise they actually say some pretty clever shit. Such as this mind picture (My explanation goes a bit like this, but I couldn’t tell it like Jarred):

Picture yourself climbing a big mountain and all around you are loads of other mountains, all of which have a person climbing up them. You can’t all get to the top at the same time because each mountain is uniquely different
See? Different! WE ARE ALL DIFFERENT TO EACH OTHER!!! So it follows you have to climb your own mountain at your own speed.

I was determined to reach the top of mine as soon as possible, whereas some people are happy to climb half way; some all the way but at their own pace, and some just can’t climb it at all – or may never even try.

That illustration really helped me back then. Recovery from stroke or locked-in syndrome can rise sharply, then slow down so you may sometimes feel you’re stuck in a cave. But keep positive and keep climbing, bit by bit, and one day you might decide where you want to stop – and IF you want to stop at all!!!!

It’s been 4 years plus, I think, for me and I still want to reach the peak. Maybe I won’t get there but I’m gonna try until I’ve found my spot on the mountain. Hope I have a jacket in dreamland – I’m aiming for the top, God willing!!!

My climb continues.
Good luck with yours!
Pete x

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