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How My Life Has Changed Since “Exposing” My Mental Illness

I no longer have the right to feel anonymous. I made that choice for myself. When I walk into a room, there is always a possibility that someone in that room knows more about me than I could ever be comfortable with. I made that choice for myself.

I log into social media, bracing myself for the backlash. Not everyone agrees with what I do and somewhere along the way, as humans, we lost the teaching of “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”

I find myself in conversation with a friend or family member, praying that we can have a conversation that doesn’t circle back to my illness. It defines me now because I let it. Just like I can’t flip a switch to turn my illness off, I also can’t flip one to un-expose my life. I no longer have the right to feel anonymous. I made that choice for myself.

I no longer have the right to feel ashamed. I made that choice for myself. When I walk into a room, I no longer carry the burden of a secret. What was once my biggest secret is now common knowledge. I made that choice for myself.

I log into social media, uplifted by the love and support of strangers. Not everyone agrees with what I do but those who do are my priority. I’ve created a community.

I find myself in a conversation with a friend or family member, knowing that no matter which direction the conversation takes, I am comfortable with my life choices and proud of who I have become. I am doing what I was made to do. It defines me because I let it. I no longer have the right to feel ashamed. I made that choice for myself.

 

 

 

Author: Phoebe Godfrey
Email: wanderthearctic@gmail.com
Author Bio: Phoebe Godfrey is the artist and writer behind the online community Wander the Arctic, where she shares inspiring tips and truths about living a fulfilling life with mental illness using art, writing and travel as coping mechanisms.
Link to social media or website: http://www.wanderthearctic.com

 

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by phoebe godfrey

Phoebe Godfrey is a blogger and content creator, best known for the blog Wander the Arctic. Phoebe is hoping to eventually branch out into sports writing and publish her first book in the near future. She currently resides in the midwest with her husband and four furry children.


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