I read a recent post from my list of followed blogs, here, who I enjoy reading.  I always find myself smiling after reading a post.  It brought me to The Blog For Mental Health 2014.  I obviously do not do enough clicking around on this big old web.  I feel like I should have seen this sooner somehow.  Although I have done a lot of thinking on this sort of psychological ‘blinder’ that seems to plague me.  The literal it’s right there sitting in front of you but are unable to see it.  Definitely a tad on the irritating side.

I’ll get back on topic now that I’ve strayed.  Here I am, fighting the urge to describe how one thought always leads me to another thought as a sort of footnote to elaborate on the previous.  Is too much information a bad thing?  Where’s the line?  My new superhero name…The Strayer.  Changes subjects faster than the flip of a page.  Need to know where that cliché came from?  Ask me something totally off topic and I will get there before you know it.

Possibly somewhat fitting that I start my pledge to blog for mental health 2014 with a thought process akin to skipping a rough, oddly shaped rock across mirrored water.  It’s path darting side to side almost as a rabbit would run through trees escaping a fox.  Unknowing of its own path.  Choosing direction based on adrenaline.  Flee as fast as you can and sort out the rest later.  Am I a rabbit?

This writing thing is becoming more important to me everyday.  I might even pick up a book again one day.  This needs to be important.  This huge goal.  My little goal.  Stigma.

The more politically correct and humane we have become in public means nothing to how we are all still human.  By human, I mean animals.  Constantly judging, comparing, pushing and fighting.  Did tickle me Elmo really help out our planet?  Take this super slippery, great sounding mortgage that you won’t be able to make the payments on in a few years so I can get a big cash bonus.  As long as my ‘family‘ is taken care of that’s all that matters.  All of this customization and personalization has separated us as connected humans.  We really are all connected.  Is there humans anywhere else that we know of?  Pretty sure earth is it for now.  As well as it’s orbit.  I don’t want to leave out the scientists traveling at amazing speeds around this gorgeous life maker.

So why do we do it?  Are we all sadists to some degree?  I can’t let myself believe that people truly enjoy watching other people suffer.  We must be better than that.  We have created some amazing things out of the molecules that exist here.  Furthering our need to consume and understand.  Much understanding comes from creation.  We can create a new place.  Start anew inside our minds and the minds of those around us.

Opening up about mental health can only bring good.  Everyone has a brain.  Therefore we all must have a state of mental health.  Sharing our deepest and most personal thoughts and all that goes along with it can only create a connection.  This is where we will distinguish the human from the animal.  We have language and art.  If we cannot use these mediums to our advantage, as they can be to connect us, we are all living with blinders on.

“I pledge my commitment to the Blog for Mental Health 2014 Project. I will blog about mental health topics not only for myself, but for others. By displaying this badge, I show my pride, dedication, and acceptance for mental health. I use this to promote mental health education in the struggle to erase stigma.”

Thanks again for taking the time to read me.  I’ll write again soon.

Justin B.