Traveling down this mental illness journey has many different peaks and valleys, twists and turns. I have recently learned that we tend to believe what we believe about mental illness depending on where we are in our own personal journeys. Sometimes it makes it tough to detour from our side of the tracks.
It is difficult for us to know anything else other than where we are in our own mental illness journey. One thing I have learned for sure as I traveled this dark, but sometimes sunny road is that we must always keep an open mind. If we are closed-minded, we risk missing an important new therapy or type of treatment. Being closed minded causes us to be afraid to try a new medication or even the possibility that a decrease in medications could be the most beneficial treatment.
We need to keep an open mind in every aspect of life, but I feel it is even more imperative that we keep an open mind with mental illness. It is important to be open to new and improved types of treatments, therapies or medication use. We need to hear and listen to others’ advice because they may have new insights that could help us.
When I begin writing, I write with you, the reader, in mind but then I realize my words are reminders for myself. My words apply significantly to my life, as well. As I write, I hope my writing will help you in some way. Then subconsciously it shouts at me, “This is for you too. This applies to you.”
I write to help others. I write to everyone in this beautiful blogging community hoping I can educate, help and touch people in some way or preferably many ways. In the long run it helps me as well. When I am helping you, I am essentially helping myself.
“I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.” ~Robert Frost
When someone takes the “road less traveled” they are acting independently, freeing themselves from the conformity of others who chose to take the road more frequently traveled. They may be afraid to venture out and try new things.
When you take a new path or make new choices, you hope will leave a great trail and be a great example for others to follow. Ideally, you hope the road you choose “becomes the road more frequently followed.”
If you never choose a new trail, the path will get boring. We all need to change eventually or life becomes stagnant. Change creates growth and the evolution of life. Someone needs to be a trailblazer. Be that trailblazer that makes positive change happen with mental illness and in other areas of life.