Big Pictures & Small Details: They All Matter

It can be said that there are two types of people; those who focus on the big picture and those who focus on the smaller details. It can also be said that focusing on one of those is more important than the other.

However, in the long run, they both matter.

This thought was inspired by Wear Your Labels’ Role Models and their blogposts containing these individuals’ stories. In these tales, Role Models talk about struggle, recovery, and what they’re currently up to. They talk about who they are and how mental illness has shaped them.

Mental health and the issues surrounding it do not define these people. Yes, their mental health has led them to their current situation. Yes, their mental health may have been a source of concern in the past. And yes, their mental health and the experiences with it may still hold large significance even now, whether they are in recovery or not.

Nonetheless, their mental health is not all of them. It is a part of them, one of the smaller details that make up the larger picture of who they are.

Both should be kept track of.

It is important to keep an eye on the smaller details, such as mental health. For instance, if you’ve suffered from a mental illness before or currently do, it may be a good idea to watch out for recurring symptoms. To spot signs earlier on may help you be able to take on measures that could diminish, prevent, or delay further consequences.

It is also important to keep an eye on who you are, yourself. Make note of all the things that make you you; don’t focus on just one aspect. What makes every individual so unique and amazing is the diversity of things that they are and could be composed of. For example, when I think of a friend of mine, I don’t associate her just with the fact that she likes to cook. I also think of how she gives amazing hugs, how she always listens attentively, how she wants to become a veterinarian, and so much more! It is this combination of traits, these compilations of things that make up her, which leads me to admiring her as a wonderful person and wanting to maintain the friendship.

It can be said there are two type of people, where they either pay attention to the small details or the big picture. Perhaps we should strive to have it so that everyone pays attention to both, since all of it matters.

- Janice, Community Champion, @lamjylam

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