I want to start out by saying that I do not have any diagnosed mental health issues. However I do experience mild anxiety, compulsive tendencies, normal stress, etc. to a degree that most here can probably relate to (as well as many who face much more difficult issues).
For me, a key to maintaining my mental health has always been having something to look forward to. I can get through a busy month at work, a difficult situation with a child, a hot summer, a cold winter, etc. if I know there is something exciting in my future that I can look forward to. Perhaps the place that most often becomes the subject of my anticipation is a trip to Disney. I always have at least one scheduled.
These past five months have been much more difficult for my mental health than they would have been because the light at the end of the tunnel was taken away. For a long time, there was no guarantee that I’d ever make it back to Disney at all, let alone soon. When all the parks were closed, it was like a nightlight had been turned off that I normally relied on to sleep soundly.
Ever since July 11, the light has been rekindled. Knowing that somewhere, people are going to a Disney Park, and that I may be there again someday gives me such hope and joy in and of itself. And now my countdown is much more locked down - I have a date (May 2021) and it’s reasonably certain the parks will be open then.
I don’t want to compare my situation to anyone - I have a cushy life, to be honest. But I imagine if Disney is such an important staple of my mental health, there must be others for whom it is even more meaningful.
Agree? Sympathize? Feel free to share your thoughts below.