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HOW MY LIFE HAS CHANGED SINCE “EXPOSING” MY MENTAL ILLNESS

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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