When you see someone posting with joy and excitement that the mask mandates have been lifted or the social distancing has been removed or capacity is at 100% - please refrain from posting a negative comment reminding them of all the people who have died or accusing them of being selfish or uncaring.
Unless you have been living under a rock for the past year - we are all very much aware of the lives lost to this pandemic or the long term effects some are still suffering because of it.
But let me give it to you from my perspective.
My perspective as a woman living with depression.
I need hope. I need to see a light at the end of the tunnel. I need to know there is going to be a brighter tomorrow.
These things are not just a wish - they are essential to my very survival.
And while everyone knows that 500,000 lives were lost in the United States to this pandemic - did you also learn the facts of the increased deaths to suicide? Or drug overdoses?
Calls to Suicide Hotlines have increased by 400%. 400%!! Take a moment to let that one sink in.
For those of us living with a mental illness, we know all too well the doom and gloom of this pandemic. It is nothing new to us. Pandemic or no pandemic - we live it every day.
So please - and I am saying this from a place of love - please keep your negativity to yourself. Or better yet - just scroll right on by.
Posting the good news does not detract from the loss many have suffered. But it just might help save a life today.
Because some of us need the hope.
Our very lives may depend on it.