The new norm; that it’s ok to not be ok

The new norm; that it’s ok to not be ok

As this years’ final of masterchef comes to a close, (although I haven’t watched the final yet!)  I recognise how much enjoyment there is in watching characters develop and push outside of their comfort zones… this approach works so well but I also can’t help wondering that the fast-driven time constraint approach towards perfection is probably what makes good TV, but this level of competition is also so inherent within our culture, in school, sports, business where there is with minimal space and room to breath. It also creates a divide, for those that don’t quite meet those levels of perfection…  where their coping strategies and resilience for picking up and staying motivated are more challenging.  Something that is not inherent in our culture.  With this philosophy could it be the reason why we have a long way to go in accepting mental health is part of our overall health and that it’s normal to be mentally unwell, especially knowing that one in 4 of us are being diagnosed with a mental illness – surely that’s the new norm; that it’s ok to not be ok… and that perhaps we have our unique measures of perfection that need to be recognised…

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