If you ask most of us struggling with mental illness, we can tell you, we are quite creative when it comes to the gloom and doom outlook we have swirling in our mind. We can come up with a lot of interesting stories.
Wow! It's like - Stephen King should call one of us when he needs some inspiration.
Any of the directors out there searching for some kind of dark, action, crazy scary movie - should come on over, sit in my head for a while. I could help with some ideas - probably get you a blockbuster. Some actor would get an award for playing one of the characters I've got yelling and screaming in my head.
Jeezableez! Yeah, that's made up. I make up words. I make up a lot of things. Well, I don't make up panic attacks. But I do make up the scary scenarios leading up to one.
So all this creativity in my mind? It needs to go somewhere. It certainly has caused some havoc in my world.
I'm going to come up with one right now:
I imagine finding more and more communities filled with people with the intention to come together and help, support and nurture one another. No one feels alone. No one is afraid. Everyone has enough. These kind of communities gain attention and start to spread. More and more of them come to fruition.
I imagine coffee shops where you walk in and those suffering with mental illness nod or tip their hat - smiling. You know another sufferer has walked in the cafe. You know it. But instead of hiding your head in shame, and that person hiding their head in shame, you look at each other and a beaming smile of encouragement comes over your faces. You say to each other, "You're here! You got up! Good for you! So nice to see you!"
I imagine more clinics opening up with wonderful healers, doctors, nurses and helpers. They are there to help those suffering, who don't have the financial means to get help. And they get it! These clinics are painted beautiful colors - colors that stimulate the mind, body and spirit. These are places that make people feel better, more connected, and they get the help they so desperately need.
Oooooh, that sure feels better than gloom and doom. I think I'll do a little more of this. Would you like to join me? I'll meet you in the coffee shop, called You do You. First cup of coffee is on me. I'm glad you're here! You're up! It's nice to see you!