"What do you like about yourself?"

This is a question that almost scares me every time I'm asked it. Honestly, it takes me back to when I was in hospital due to my mental health and we were doing an exercise regarding self-love. Could I think of one thing I liked about myself? Nope!

I guess that's what depression and anxiety can do to a person. That and I was only thinking about physical aspects of myself. I have very little love for my body, and that's something I'm working on.

These days I prefer to think about things that I do that I like.

So I guess I like that I walk into every situation with nothing but trust for the people around me. This applies to everything - meetings, courses, outdoor activities, everything.

I also like that I can talk about some of the most difficult points in my life. It's scary to sit down with someone for the first time and openly discuss your last suicide attempt. It's scary to talk to people about your mindset following sexual assault, and try to explain why you chose not to go to the police. It's scary to talk about anything at times, and my voice shakes as much as my hands on a regular basis, but I've found my voice and I won't stop using it.

I like that after several years I've finally reached a point where I don't believe the people who once told me that I didn't deserve to be happy. I do deserve happiness, I do deserve love, I do deserve to look at everything I've achieved and say "I did this, and I'm proud of it". We all deserve such things.

Tell me, what do you like about yourself?