Just let those thoughts go

Nell: It’s Mental Health Awareness Week.

Me: Yes, I know.

Nell: Kev and I were discussing it when we were down by the quay. So many people are struggling alone. We all need to talk more.

Me: I completely agree.

Nell: When you first meet Kev you would never guess he has suffered from panic attacks for years.

Me: No, you wouldn’t. He wasn’t able to travel more than 5 miles from home until recently.

Nell: But he is not afraid to tell people about it. He says it helps if they know and more people have anxiety than we realise.

Me: Yes, but you have to be brave enough to do that. It’s a big step.

Nell: You do. I’m dreadfully anxious about losing Charlie.

Me: Yes, I know you are.

Nell: I feel I need to keep everyone safe and I can’t.

Me: It’s a fear many people share. Myself included.

Nell: But worrying about it won’t keep them any safer. It just takes over your life.

Me: It’s hard not to though, isn’t it? Have you talked to the others?

Nell: Yes, at Morning Thoughts. Harriet feels she has to be perfect all the time. She is stuck in a good girl’s collar.

Me: Yes. Poppy seems pretty fearless, though.

Nell: It’s bravado. She doesn’t like letting anyone in. John the Doberman has wanted to marry her for years but she can’t commit.

Me: What about Dave?

Nell: David has perfected the worried look but it is usually only about missing a meal.

Me: Do you think Mutley worries?

Nell: No. I think Mutley has reached the point of acceptance. He takes each day as it comes.

Me: We waste so much time worrying about things that will never happen, don’t we?

Nell: Yes. We do. So let’s try and let those thoughts go. If anything happens we will deal with it together. We always do.

Me: Yes. Sorry.

Nell: No need for sorry.

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