I know that the experience of having a mental illness and my breakdown definitely changed me. It’s hard not to go through that much pain and still be the same in the end.

Most of the changes were needed and I am happy about them. Others sometimes make me feel like a shadow of my former self.
I remember meeting a man in his 60s and he told me that having a mental illness and a break down changed his life completely and I resonated with that.
How would you say Mental illness has changed your outlook on life?