Today is national 'R U OK' day - a day dedicated to reminding us to have meaningful conversations with friends and family about our mental health.
I vividly remember the first time one of my friends intentionally asked me how I was. She said 'how are you Em, I mean, within yourself'. She clearly wasn't going to accept the rote 'yes, I'm well thanks' as an answer.
Right there and then, in my 1991 red corolla wagon, we engaged in a deep and lengthy discussion about life, the universe and everything.
There were no conclusions, no resolutions. Just a frank open dialogue between two people who were both 'mostly okay'. And do you know what, I think 'mostly okay' is pretty normal.
So how are you, like, you know, within yourself?
the lifting of the fog