Mental Illness and Relationships

Bertrand Russel claimed the highest form of human happiness is having sex with someone you love. For myself, the highest form of human happiness is having close friends. I am lucky to have about 7 close friends. I don’t know where I would be without them. My mother, when we put her out to pasture in a nursing home, asked, “Where are my friends?” I find, as my mental health improves, my relationships improve. I may never return to my old popular self, invited to parties, and indispensable at all social gatherings. but I am comfortable with my level of socializing. I go to parties and coffee klatches in my hi-rise, play handball in a league, attend A.A. meetings, and have a job. My social life is adequate. Also, my mental health has improved to the point people no longer shun me socially. That includes waiting in line at a coffee shop. I am never invited to parties outside my hi-rise, including parties held by my family. For some reason, that does not bother me. I was counseled many years ago to avoid A.A. parties. Once, I attended an A.A. New Years Eve dance and had a riot. The addiction therapist who told me this did not have a strong feeling for the fellowship of A.A. My closest relationships are in A.A. That sums up my social interaction and philosophy. I do not know where I would be without my friends.

Published by Christopher G. Bremicker

Special Forces medic stationed at Ft. Bragg NC from 1968 to 1970. BA English and MBA, both from University of Minnesota. Fisherman, grouse hunter, downhill skier.. Plays handball and reviews theater. Present job at Walgreens in St. Paul MN is forty-sixth job since high school. Hometown is Cable WI.

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