I originally developed this website with the goal of teaching people how to manage mental illness. I had various topics planned, including guides, techniques lists and the like (I’m sure I’ll write those eventually).
But, as it turns out, I don’t really know either. None of us do, I suppose.
Mental illness is messy. So is life, for that matter. There aren’t any clear cut answers and what helps one person won’t necessarily help another.
I’ve been through ups and downs in this journey and probably still will. Right now, it feels like I’ve turned a corner, but I’ve had that feeling before too. Time will tell. The good thing is that I’m on a trend upwards, even if there are roadblocks along the way.
I might not know all the answers, but that has just changed the direction of this site, not its purpose. I still want to help.
I want to show what it is like to live this battle and the things that really can make it easier.
I can’t promise a simple fix. But, I can offer insight.
Through the posts on this blog, you’ll find a collection of topics. Sometimes I write about what I’m fighting through at the time. Other times, I write about something that’s important to me or a random thought that I had.
The categories and tags should help you navigate. If nothing else, pay attention to the titles, most of them should give you insight into the topic at hand (I hope).
The posts are relevant to people with mental illness, people who know someone like me and those who are just curious. If nothing else, they provide information about what this looks like from the inside. Some of my perspectives may even help directly.
I sincerely hope that they do.
Why a Blog?
Writing is what I love. It’s also how I express myself.
The written word has such power for me. I sometimes get tripped up when I talk and my brain gets in my way (anxiety scarcely helps matters). But, with writing, I have so much more control over the narrative. That’s critical with these topics, as some of them are pretty hard to explain.
Websites are also something I’m incredibly familiar with. Most of my work involves websites to some degree, which can include creating them, managing them or producing content for them. So, to me, blogging is incredibly natural.
There is also so much potential. A website can reach many more people than I ever could in person.
This way is easier on the anxiety too. I know people read this and I love the reactions I get. But, there’s always a delay. That’s very different to having a conversation and watching the person react as they are listening.
Lots of love,