I am constantly trying to design new ways to share my experience with mental illness. This week, I realized I was leaving a big part of my experience out. And that experience is daddying with depression.
First off, I know daddying isn’t a word, but it is my blog so I am going to do what I want with it. Secondly, the experience of recovery takes a lot of work, as does parenting, and that is one of the reasons I have focused on the recovery part of my experiences and less on the daddying part of my experiences. Third, I want this site to be as inclusive as possible, which is why I keep most of my posts as general as possible and keep specific experiences that might not apply to everyone, like Faith & Healing, to specific areas.
Yet I didn’t know how to have just a separate series about my life as a dad with depression, because it is a wholly unique journey, one that has taught me that I am stronger than I ever thought I was, while also teaching me that this tiny bundle of joy is stronger than my demons ever could be. It is a huge part of my life and my experience and one that I want to share.
Nevertheless, I recognize that some people are not parents and have no desire to have this turn into a “daddy” blog. So, I created a whole separate place that you can go if you are interested, and if you aren’t interested, no hard feelings.
Oh yea, I should probably share this separate awesome site with you. It is daddyingwithdepression.wordpress.com and the first post can be found here. Also, don’t be fulled by my description of it being awesome. Just like being a dad and just like being someone living with depression, I expect this site will be a constant work in progress.
So for those of you who are interested, welcome to Daddying with Depression.