Everyone Needs Therapy Beyond the Panorama January 16, 2022

Everyone Needs Therapy

Written by Nandini Sethi

I get out of work early, 

And for the first time instead of annoyed glances and hushed whispers, 

I received empathetic looks and words of encouragement, 

Because I told them the reason why:

I had a therapy session to attend. 

I was surprised and pleasantly amused by the concern I got, 

People I never spoke to, coming to me and telling me how proud they are,

How brave I am,

And that one-day things will definitely get better. 

I agreed with them, 

But still felt a little embarrassed at the barrage of sympathy and love,

Feeling undeserving of all this attention.

While I was impressed with how far we have come in terms of accepting mental health,

People making a big noise about me, 

Praising me,

Showering me with well wishes, 

I didn’t know how to break it to them that my situation was a bit different.

I was glad to know they believed in therapy,

But it was too late for me to now tell them that I had meant going to the mall for the end of the season sale. 

I was just talking about retail therapy.

Nandini Sethi
Nandini Sethi

Sometimes dolefully insightful, sometimes plain distressed state of mind, but always love. I think there’s a bit of love in everything we write.

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