One day when I'm braver I think I'll tackle the subject of my own experiences with this subject, but I'm not quite there yet.
So, I'll just say, you never know who's dealing with issues that have traumatized them. Our brains, being the malleable, complex, yet simple little survival machines they are, sometimes put things together in a way that isn't always best for us.
With that being said, I hope everyone takes today to be kind, caring and compassionate to people that may be suffering from mental health issues. The fact of the matter is, people who suffer from mental health issues are much more likely to hurt themselves than anyone else.
It really sucks being a prisoner of your own mind and it takes a helluva lot of internal fortitude to deal with it. Most of us don't have it and alot of the time, it's hell to deal with.
I work in an industry where I'm confronted by the beautiful tragedy of human existence. I see people self medicating, seeking validation, seeking...something. Alot of us just don't have the skills to deal with reality in it's whole. Society is setup to give us a version of the truth and what we see and experience everyday tells us that truth...really isn't there.
Alot of us don't want to deal with it. I see it all the time. I've lived it.
Alot of us see people suffering and choose to see everything wrong with people other than the suffering. ESPECIALLY in the entertainment industry.
"Everybody sees the beauty, nobody sees the pain" - A quote from one of my favourite movies, GIA.
Be kind. Be compassionate. Be caring. Let's talk more and judge less.