When I decided that I was going to create this blog it took me awhile to figure out exactly what I wanted it to be. I knew I wanted it to be a place where I could reflect on things and express myself, but I also knew that I wanted to help others. I wanted to give people a place where they could go to read about other people’s struggles and they could see how they get through every day.
I also wanted to give people a place to express their thoughts, visions, and share stories with others.
So as you can see, I need writers. I need people who are willing to open up to the world and share their stories! Share their visions! And share their thoughts! I hope I can find the right people, they need to have the need of wanting to open up and share their stories to help others. That’s what this comes down to really, giving people the chance to write to help themselves but also to help others.
So… let the journey begin.
“Depression. Something that is very real. Something that is very serious. Something that I have had to overcome and deal with since I was little however specifically since the spring of 2011. I have had to fight every day... some days have been better than others. Yet some people believe it isn't real and it is something people do just for attention. Boy I wish that was the case because I would gladly give this battle up any day.
I've returned to my past and begun to talk with someone weekly to try and help me battle my inner demons. To help me fight this disease. It's something I'd like to overcome with the help of Jeff. Can I pinpoint one thing that made me the way I am... no. You're probably wondering why I'm sharing this all with you, many of you won't care and with think it's absolutely ridiculous that I'm doing this. However I'm not doing it for attention I'm doing to help others who battle this same disease. So feel free to judge me all you want. I’m reaching out to others to let them know they are not alone. You don’t need to hide your depression and anxiety anymore.
Jeff told me the other day, "It can always get better, unless you are dead," and it hit me hard. Do I struggle to understand when others take their own lives? No I don’t. That might be extremely hard for others to accept however after Jeff said what he said to me it changed my view. I want things to get better. I want each day to get easier. And if I'm dead it won't, it'll just be over.
Support is what is needed not bashing and shaming for battling depression. It's not like all of us who battle depression chose to be this. We just are... and we just need you.
With that I will be taking a break from all social media, my battle with depression and anxiety has begun to get the best of me. Social media is only making things worse during this difficult time in my life. I have battled this far too long and recently it has become much worse for me.
I will be back, hopefully sooner rather than later. But I need to find myself and become healthier - both mentally and physically. I promise you I will be okay and I will see you all soon enough.
If you need me, please feel free to text or call me. My cell phone number is 612-219-3056. Please let me know who you are if I don’t already have you’re number.
I appreciate all the thoughts and prayers.”
The above message was posted on my Facebook page on January 4th of this year. I am hopeful that people gained insight about who I am from that post. I have always tried to put on a happy face in the eye of the public. I have always tried to make it seem like everything is great in the eye of the public. I realize that no one is perfect and everyone has demons. Some people can cope with them better than others but… some people’s demons are much worse than others. The effort some people must put forth every day to fight them can be mentally and physically exhausting. But we can do it, you can do it. Have faith and remember we are here for each other.
I know you are probably thinking that I didn’t really say anything in this blog post, but I wasn’t planning on it. I just wanted to share a little glimpse of who I was. I just wanted to share a little glimpse of my vision for “Speaking our Mind” and hopefully you will return for my next blog post.
“Be here tomorrow.”
I’ll see you soon,
Hello and welcome...
You’re here because you know me. Well I shouldn’t say you know me but you know of me and you got this link from my page. I appreciate you taking the time to visit this blog and reading the very first post on it.
Let me give you a little info about me and then I’ll touch on my vision for this blog. I am a simple man who battles some inner demons. Writing helps me cope with those demons and that’s why I am here. Instead of writing in my journal I have decided to take to the World Wide Web. This gives me the chance to share my thoughts and hopefully help others in the process. I am not a good writer by any means but that is not the point. I write because it helps me. It gets me to the next day and it keeps me from completely giving up. I will be sharing my thoughts, my stories, and my visions. And along the way I might even throw some other random things on here.
That was a little about me, you will learn more about me in my blog posts at a later time. My vision for this blog... well this is where it gets interesting (well at least to me).. I want this to be a place for multiple writers to be able to go to express any and all thoughts. I want this to be a place for writers to come and tell their stories. I want this to be a place where writers can go to try and help people with their inner demons. And lastly I want this to be a place where people can go for help... and support.
I battle severe depression and anxiety, and millions of other people do as well. I am not alone and you are not alone. I wish I knew of a place I could go to read how other people get through it all and how they survive everyday. I’m sure it exists but I don’t know where. If I can help one person with my thoughts, stories, and visions that’s all that matters to me. One person is all that matters to me. You matter to me. And I hope my words can help.
I am looking for writers and bloggers to join the “Speaking our Mind” team. I want multiple people writing posts every week. A constant flow of thoughts, ideas, stories, and visions being posted on this blog. I want 100s and 1000s of people to turn to us for help and advice. I want to be there for other people. I want to help others. You don’t need to be an outstanding writer to join the team, you just need to have the will to help others and share real stories & visions. That’s all you need to be able to do.
Please read my first “real” blog post for an idea of what I am looking for and what the “Speaking our Mind” team is looking for. If you would like to apply to become a writer/blogger for us please contact me on my cell phone (612-219-3056) or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Spots are extremely limited as I am looking for 3 to 5 people right now, so let me know if you are interested as soon as possible.
Thank you all for the support. I hope I can help others as much as they have helped me.
I’ll see you soon,