I went to a rather large Labor Day party this past weekend that included a lot of family, and a lot of friends that I do not see very often.
Oddly enough, five different people decided to bring up this blog to me and tell me anything ranging from “I read it sometimes, not all the time, but sometimes” to “you should write a book”. And in this number of five I am counting both of my grandparents as one person.
It was nice to hear from fans of the blog. It is not an experience I usually get. Normally, no one says anything to me in person about this blog, even if they write comments or emails to me about it. It has even happened where a person commented, and called me just a few minutes later while I was reading that comment, and never mentioned it!
So having people bring it up to me meant two things to me. First, they enjoyed it enough to bring it up to me. And second, they thought it was important enough to me that they should mention it. And it is. I want this kind of feedback.
Two people did ask me what I was hoping to accomplish with the blog. I guess I never thought about it much. I would love to write a book, even if it had nothing to do with mental health. That has been a dream of mine for a long time. But the problem, beyond the fact that I am not all that well equipped with writing skills, is that I am not creative enough to think of a story, or whatever they call that in non-fiction. My style of writing is very overt. I tend to focus on a topic and hit you over the head with details. I cannot subtly work in plot points and add texture and color to round out a bit. It just is something I have never done. But I would love to try. And I think one day I will try.
Beyond that, I would like to get into public speaking. I don’t mind getting up in front of groups. I have a good sense of humor and I feel like I can speak. I have a subject or platform to talk about as well, so that helps. But at the same time, I don’t have the extreme experiences people are looking for from a speaker. My horror story is not so horrible, and my experience with my disease hasn’t been that bad either.
I would love for a new technology to come out, maybe this new LFMS treatment will pan out and I can be one of the first people to use it and that can be what I am talking about when I speak (if you don’t know what I am referring to, please follow this link: http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2014/07/new-treatment-for-depression-shows-immediate-results/)
But really I don’t have much ambition with this blog. I want to get better at it. I want to continue to write compelling pieces. I want to continue to document with a lot of truth the realities of daily life with this disease. I want to continue to grow from this experience.
Everything else is extra. Thanks for reading!