Men Tell Their Stories

The Tea Cup

Normally when I write something I just stare at the screen until I think of a rant people could relate to, something funny people could laugh at or something that could give people the reset button they need when they’re feeling down. This is a bit different, because I’m trying to think about the things I don’t normally think about when writing.  This time I want you to think about a broken tea-cup and tea-cups in general.

Mental illness doesn’t discriminate in the same way a floor doesn’t discriminate when you drop a tea cup. Once it’s been dropped, its shape is changed forever and it’s functionality becomes less.

You can be a white tea cup........

 A mug......

A black tea cup......

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or a fancy tea cup......      

It really doesn’t matter what they look like, when they hit the ground they all look exactly the same, but none of them break in the exact same way do they?

Much like my PTSD won’t be the same as the soldier who did a tour in Afghanistan or your mental illness won’t be the same someone else’s. Sure there are similarities and at the end of the day it’s the same illness, but we all have a different level of tolerance and how we cope. Some of us deal with things better than others. The basic white cup tea cup is going to have a much easier job of getting put back together than the fancy one.

Tea cups have changed a lot over the years, but sadly the methods for fixing them haven’t or to the bring the metaphor into perspective, mental illness has changed a lot in the public’s perspective over the years but sadly methods for treating it haven’t. In the same way tea cups have glue, doctors have anti-depressants   which do work in some cases but not all. We also have talking therapies like CBT and EMDR, so we’re doing better than the tea cups at least.

Again though, when you’re trying glue that cup back together you don’t know if it’s going to stay together and definitely won’t resemble its previous perfect form.

Those cracks will always be visible you can’t really hide them either. They’re a part of you now and the next time you break, it might be more devastating but you know you’ve been put back together before so it’s easier to deal with.


A huge thank you to Liam 'Musashi' Parry for sharing this with us. We are so grateful to him. You can read his own blog over at http://musashihasptsd.com/ or follow him on Twitter where he's @Musashi6246