Travel

Travel can be a challenge for those struggling with mental illness. It takes you out of the familiar and forces you out into the world. But it can also be helpful because it forces you to challenge your beliefs. This weekend I am traveling, but fortunately for me it is just traveling back to my […]

Gratitude

There are many tools one can use to fight back against their mental illness. One such tool, a tool I have not used, is gratitude journaling. The idea is simple. Mental illness creates negative, intrusive thoughts, and gratitude journaling creates positive thoughts. But like I said, I haven’t used it.  I haven’t used it because […]

From the Shores of Cuba, To the Shores of Lake Michigan

Mental illness is a complex ailment. It is different for everyone, and we still don’t completely understand why it develops in the first place. There is evidence it is genetic. There is evidence it is environmental. Maybe it is a combination of these factors. Maybe it is something else. Maybe someday we will unlock the […]

Sometimes Being Surrounded by People is a Good Thing

I write a decent amount about my social anxiety and the troubles I have at being surrounded by people. But being surrounded by people isn’t always a bad thing. When it is the right people that are surrounding you, that can make all the difference.  A common misconception about introverts is that we hate being […]

Winning. Even Without the Luck O’ The Irish

Saturday night, on St. Patty’s Day Eve, my wife and I stopped at a local bar that advertised an Irish folk band. The band was excellent, and at one point asked for anyone who knew how to do Irish step dancing to come up and give it a try. Now, my wife and I got […]

Little Boy Blue and the Man in The Moon

I have struggled a lot with this post. I’ve struggled with it because it is about my father. I have a complicated relationship with him, and am unsure how best to approach that relationship, much less talk about it here. He is a big part of my story, an inescapable part, and I’ve told him […]