Last Saturday it was World Mental Health Day. I was in rural France attending the wedding of a beautiful friend. The imagery and significance of a wedding on this day, was not lost on me. Faithfulness and commitment are two powerful weapons in the war against mental illness.
A wedding is the celebration of two people bravely making a lifelong commitment to each other. There are no guarantees they do not know what is ahead, this is brave. They are inspired by their love for each other. They know that whatever lies ahead will be faced with greater ease together than on their own. They vow to do the right thing by each other. To be nice even when they don’t feel like it. They vow to empathise and comfort each other when rich or poor, sick or healthy. To be true to each other. To respect each other. To endure together.
There is a wedding party because the couple does not want to do this alone. They want to share their happiness but also the commitment. The community gathers and celebrates together, uniting to support them in their life ahead. To share with them in the highs and the lows.
I attended with my family. With my husband Sam and our children, Lilla and Jac. In my hair I wore the hairpins I wore at our own wedding. These hairpins remind me that this new wedding story for Tania and Timothée, is