Here We Go ...
Blogging? That's a bit 2000's isn't it? I think that's why I quite like it. Over the last few years our society has set a dangerous precedent of defining personal worth as being quantifiable by 'likes'. I subconsciously do it - you probably do too. I have not set up this blog to get likes, become famous or make money ... I just want somewhere to put my thoughts that otherwise sit in my head.
Two Reasons I Have Started Writing
Firstly, I have spent half of my thirty-something years on this rock living with 'the black dog'. It has not stopped me in certain aspects of life including my career (a topic for later down the line?) but it has been part of the definition of my character and who I am as a person. My hope is that if even one person finds themselves confused with their own black dog and arrives on this blog. I hope I can show them that there are other "normal" people in their situation, probably feeling emotions they are going through and that gives them temporary solace.
My second reason? My life seems to attract incidents that just have to be seen to be believed. Before my time is up I'd like to share them with the world. Again, it strengthens the above statement that you can have a black dog, but lead your own life - and have a good time while you're at it. I toyed with the idea of writing this from "me" but the lure of anonymity proved just too tempting, for now.
What Am I Going to Write About?
You know what, I don't really know how to answer to that question. This is not a blog purely about mental health demons, it's a blog about life, from a person that has mental health demons. Some posts will make you laugh, some may make you uncomfortable, some may be pretty dull (let's hope not). I suppose time will tell.
A Final Note
Before I commence on this journey, I must plead clemency ... I am not a professional writer (ruling out Stephen King or J.K. Rowling out as your interlocutor). It is unlikely that I will meet the standards of your favourite bedside author. However, I do hope that you find what you're looking for in my ramblings, as long as you're with me.
Take care of yourself - speak soon.