I wanted to take a break from the language to write about something that affects my life and the lives of many people around the world.
When someone breaks their leg, no one says “Walk it off, it will get better eventually. Suck it up, it’s just a bit of leg pain”
So why do people do this for mental illness? There seems to be this weird idea out there that the brain is somehow different. I suppose it makes sense. The brain is the seat of the soul, emotions and personality. It’s what makes us human.
But it is an organ just like any other. And it can get worn out.
Your leg can get injured. Your arm can get injured. All organs can suffer damage. And the brain is unfortunately exactly the same in this regard.
If you are stressed for too long, in a bad situation, no hope for things getting better, your brain can get overworked and tired. Eventually things stop working. You lose your appetite, and the once vibrant colours in your life turn to grey. You might eventually even forget who you are.
I think because our minds are such a central part of our lives, there is a lot of superstition and misinformation about it because it is scary to look for the actual truth. We want to believe that we can last forever.
We want to believe we can trail every path and conquer every mountain. Maybe we can, but not if we do it the wrong way, and definitely not if you are already stressed and worn out.
If your leg is break, you take the weight off it. If you are tired, sad and worn out, give your mind a break. The stigma around mental illness is lessening as we understand it better.
I hope that anyone who may be suffering out there sees this message and realises it’s not their fault. If they had a medical problem with some other part of their body, they would get it sorted out. But there is so much hanging around our ideas of the mind.
If you are suffering, please get some help from a professional. You are not a failure for reaching out. Actually, it is a sign of strength. Facing the truth can be hard, but it will get better in the end.
I lived my own delusion for too long, and I can’t believe the places my life is going now that I have broken through to reality.
I hope everyone who reads this has a great day, and please let everyone you know that is suffering that there is no shame in getting help
Steve the vagabond (but my friends call me Rolf)