I just came across this post and although from 2014 it's a great an inspiring read.
For me personally, I find this is harder to achieve than may be thought.
In my experience the loss of depression see me so irritable and basically not very rational that I wouldn't want to even think of making any decisions. I know I'd likely regret it.
It is at these times that I rely on psychologists and people around me to help me better understand the situation I'm in clearly.
However this comes with great risk. I've had experience with friends who had their own ulterior motive and encouraging me to make decisions that weren't in my best interests.
I've had family capitalising on my vulnerability when it came to blocking others out of my life (that they didn't like, not me).
I have also questioned some of the advice psychologists have given. They also seem to want to bandaid my issues with a quick solution. Eg family stresses you at? Just pack up and relocate. That's great and all. But they don't have to live with the reprocussion of that choice do they? But I do.
I also find when you have so many people relying on you, it's hard to selfishly break free and just do what we want to feel better mentally. I have my own family, kids, husband, ill family.. It gets suffocating here and I do dream about packing my bags and starting fresh. But I simply can't.
Work wise, I've worked in toxic environments suffered bullying which ultimately resulted in my major depression last year. People in the street still hate me & spread rumours about it. I suffer extreme anxiety from it now.
When I really thought about what I wanted to be I realised I hated my occupation. I want to he a doctor. I sat the GAMSAT and got the marks, my GPA under and post graduate was high enough, I prepared my portfolio for submission ready to sit the interview.
How easy do you think it is for a 35 female with two little boys, no income to undertake a gruelling training program & be posted in locations everywhere, working shifts at hospitals.
Being a doctor is what I want to do. But it's never going to happen. And I don't like me career and settling for jobs that I hate, that bore me and that wear me down.
But that's just too bad for me. It's too late. And with a mental illness on my record I doubt I'd ever be employable as a doctor.
Radical might work for some. But it will never work for me. My mental health is always going to suffer for it.