So, I just had an incredibly humbling moment (though I seem to be getting a few of these lately!) Several people have contacted me via Twitter/Facebook/Pinterest and of course this blog to share their own experiences of Post-Traumatic Stress, anxiety, and many other issues (as well as expressing your experiences with certain types of trauma.) And I just wanted to say thank-you!
As I’ve often said – there’s several reasons as to why I created this blog:
(1) To make sense of myself, my struggles, and as a space to vent / share things.
(2) To keep the discussion of mental health issues authentic, human and honest – tackling stigma, and just generally discussing things.
(3) To help others who are going through similar things – I know I can’t change the world or anything – but I know how important and comforting it is to know that you are not alone, and that what you are experiencing is perfectly normal. (Even though it is bloody tough and it sucks!)
I cannot put into words how it makes me feel when people interact with posts, etc. But I’ve had a few emails and messages lately that have been pretty surreal – one honestly made me cry like a baby, as it was completely unexpected and very very humbling.
To those of you who follow @DearestSome over on Twitter you may have seen my recent update:
“I’m constantly in awe of the people who have reached out to me since I started openly sharing things via my blog. I feel incredibly humbled that people feel comfortable enough to speak to me, & it’s even more touching when people whom I’ve known for almost ten years, through school etc. have reached out to me, sharing their own experiences. I cannot put into words how it makes me feel – partly because I’m still trying to figure things out myself, but also because it’s incredibly touching when people who you know (& don’t know) [get in touch] thank-you for being honest.”
It’s pretty surreal when people tell me that I’m brave for sharing my story, and that it’s helped them… well – you’re bloody brave for telling me that! You telling me your own experiences is the same as me telling you mine – it just goes to show that we’re not alone in this! (The world is a crazy place…)
But yeah, cheesy post over – people are ace! 🙂
Also – people continue to surprise me, and I’m constantly overwhelmed and reminded that there are some really incredible people in this world. People who help me see a completely different perspective, and people who I never expected would reach out.
It just goes to show that I don’t know everything, and that I definitely shouldn’t make expectations of people based on previous events.
(Basically, don’t judge a book by its cover!)