In case you haven’t yet seen anything this awesome this week
“The bravest thing I ever did was continuing my life when I wanted to die.”
– Juliette Lewis (1973 – Present), Actress
Shout-out to my LGBT* readers! It’s about time we have equal marriage rights!
As you can guess, the LGBT* community is more at risk for mental illnesses like anxiety, depression, and PTSD (to name a few). You all deserve to celebrate this day and all the struggles you’ve survived. But let me remind you that the fight is not over. Do not be content with just marriage. Keep fighting for equal rights and anti-discrimination laws. We still have a long way to go in both LGBT* and mental health advocacy. Don’t give up! We’re one step further!
“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”
– Jimmy Dean (1928 – 2010), Singer and actor
“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.”
– Khalil Gibran (1883 – 1931), Poet
I’ve spent the last couple nights Netflix bingeing while working on origami. I watched a few classics (Good Will Hunting and Pulp Fiction), but last night I decided to actually watch something on my saved list for once. And so, I finally watched Mary & Max. First off, if you’re not a fan of claymation, don’t bother watching this. You’ll hate it. However, I love claymation and wish it were used more often. Mary & Max is full of color-splash, black comedy, and cultural stingers. It’s set in the 1970s – 1990s and is loosely based on a true story. The Netflix description for Mary & Max says:
A chubby 8-year-old Australian girl, and an obese, adult New Yorker with Aspergers are a pair of unlikely pen pals in this clay animation feature.
But it’s so much more than that, and covers a lot of mental health and addiction issues. Warning: the following summary is full of spoilers and triggers. Continue reading
“Body and soul cannot be separated for purposes of treatment, for they are one and indivisible. Sick minds must be healed as well as sick bodies.”
– Jeff C. Miller (1874 – 1936), American gynecologist
It’s very common to create alternate realities when struggling with mental illnesses (especially anxiety and depression). You’re not alone!
With all the recent graduations and people receiving awards and recognitions, I can’t help but feel I’ve fallen short of my own expectations for myself. I’ve mentioned seasonal swings in another post, and for me, the end of Spring is a time I tend to fall into a depression for a few weeks.
Tonight I went out to a bar for a going away party for a friend. This particular bar is actually half arcade with really old-school games. I happened to get 1st and 3rd top scores for Donkey Kong while there, and managed to stay much longer than I thought I would.
Here’s the thing- bars are not even close to being in my comfort zone. They’re loud, they’re hot, and they’re full of people. However, because this bar was half arcade, I was totally willing to go, especially after my work schedule crushed my ability to help aforementioned friend move across state.
I’m not your typical gamer, and by that I mean I pretty much only play laid-back games and older Atari games. Because of that, it was a little easier to adjust to the bar scene when these types of games lined 3 walls of the place. My boyfriend and I made our way around, playing Millipede, Dig-Dug, Tapper, Tetris, Galaga, Paperboy, Pac-man, and Donkey Kong. Fixating on games made conversation with the other people in the party a lot more relaxed with less silence than I thought there would be.
I suppose the purpose of this post is to let you know that it IS possible to leave your comfort zone and it IS ok to enjoy yourself in those awkward situations. Just because it may be uncomfortable doesn’t mean you can’t find the good in it, whether that be getting a high score on a game or actually making conversation with people.