The other night, my two friends and I were sitting around after an on-campus organization meeting. For the purpose of this post, in order to keep them anonymous, their names will be John and Liz. While Liz described the power struggle she was dealing with in another organization, John and I gave her advice for how to tackle the issue. Liz was visibly upset because of what she was going through. Out of nowhere, John dropped a game changer - he had signed up for counseling.
Having never done it ourselves, both Liz and I were extremely surprised. John always seemed happy. He was always smiling, cracking jokes, and many would definitely consider him the life of the party. So why did he sign up to see a therapist?
John explained how stressful his trip over spring break had been and how him and his company’s fellow co-founders have been arguing about the direction of the company. As a result, he took the initiative and scheduled a counseling session.
Liz and I were extremely supportive. After he explained why, we were happy that he was taking this huge step to better himself. Experiencing this has made me realize that even though everything on the outside may seem to be normal, internally, we could be going through so many issues that no one even knows about. I truly hope John finds his session helpful, and this has pushed me to want to sign up for one as well.