Time and again life teaches me that things are not always as they seem. If I had a 'top five' list of insights into life this observation would most certainly be one of them.
Not only has my personal journey of mental illness taught me this, but the lesson has been doubly instilled in me through my faith and walk with God.
The latest example of this truth bearing itself out is my recent change of career tack into journalism.
After merely one day in my new job I had myself pretty close to convinced I had made a mistake. Seeing as I had - among other things - relocated house for the job this perception of my situation was more than a little unsettling to me.
I was pretty well sure when i woke up the next day that every aspect of the terrain of being a journo was out of the reach both of my capabilities and my desires.
From the vantage point of a month later I can assure you that nothing could have been further from the truth than what was going through my mind back then. I now actually look forward to going to work in a way I have seldom felt before.
The application point of this story is simple: things are not always as they seem. Our perceptions can comprehensively deceive us. I hope anyone battling mental illness takes heart from this.