I saw a plaque once that said "Raising teenagers is like nailing jello to a tree."
When a good friend of mine, whom I consider to be much like my little sister, was in a psychiatric hospital struggling with an unfair burden of things, I changed this statement a little bit. I launched into a beautiful and healing (for both of us) discussion about how "recovery is a lot like nailing jello to a tree."
You need to identify the jello and the tree.
You need the right tools.
You need determination and patience.
and you need a plan.
You also need duct tape
and paper plates
and other people
and thumb tacks
No, that doesn't have to make sense.
Just know that sometimes recovery is a lot harder than it looks,
and you need to get creative sometimes.