Tim and Molly Murphy are a married couple based in Los Angeles, California.
Recently Molly, who has struggled with depression, returned home from a trip to find a message left by her husband. She shared the list to Imgur.
I've been depressed lately. Thanksfully, my husband seems to get the whole "For better, for worse..." thing by mollywho · 3 days ago
The list says: 1. she is my best friend 2. she never quits on herself or me 3. she gives me time to work on my crazy projects 4. she makes me laugh, everyday 5. she is gorgeous 6. she accepts the crazy person i am 7. she's the kindest person i know 8. she's got a beautiful singing voice 9. she's gone to a strip club with me 10. she has experienced severe tragedy yet is the most optimistic person about humanity i know 11. she has been fully supportive about my career choices and followed me each time 12. without realizing it, she makes me want to do more for her than i have ever wanted to do for anyone 13. she's done an amazing job at advancing her career path 14. small animals make her cry 15. she snorts when she laughs
I've been juggling a LOT lately. Trying to do well at work. Just got married. Couldn't afford a wedding. Family is sparse. Falling out with friends, yaddadyadda. But, the thing is, amidst all the struggle, my husband has relentlessly tried to cheer me up. I've not been the easiest person to deal with. In fact, sometimes I've lost all hope and even taken my frustration out on my new husband. But he somehow forgives me every time. I have a long journey ahead of me, and I know he probably realizes I'm depressed. But he holds my hand, and he tries his best. Today when I came home from a trip to SF, I flopped onto my bed in tears. I looked to my left, and saw these words painted all across my mirror. I think he wanted me to remember how much he loves me. Because he knows how quickly I forget. He knows I struggle to see good in the world, and especially the good in myself. But here it is. A testament and gesture of his love. Damn, I needed it today...
I'm not saying mental illness is cured by nice words on a mirror. In fact, it takes professional care, love, empathy, sometimes even medication just to cope. Many people struggle with it mental illness - more than we probably even realize. And instead of showing them hate or anger when they act out. Show them kindness and remind them things can and WILL get better. Everyone needs a little help sometimes. If that person can't be you - see if you have any resources for therapy.
EDIT: The thing is... I am not "too good" or "not good enough" for my husband. We all have our down days. And sometimes we don't handle it well. BUT, we are partners. He is here for me when I'm down. And I cherish that. And he has his down days, too. And I will be there to hold his hand, just like he holds mine. Life can be hard. The answer is never to mock, scoff, or belittle someone. Be kind. Be the best version of yourself. And be most of all- be patient.
I'm still struggling, but I'm glad I have my other half to help me make it through. It may just be a few words on my mirror, but I'll look at them when I wake up and know I'm not alone. I'll know I have my bestfriend, my co-pilot in life to help guide me through.
Since being uploaded Tuesday, the photo has been viewed more than half a million times and received hundreds of messages of support, many of which Molly has responded to.
In return, Tim posted to Facebook on Wednesday expressing his shock at the huge reaction the gesture has received.
BuzzFeed News has reached out to both Tim and Molly Murphy for comment.
Rachael Krishna is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.