|Posted on February 15, 2017 at 1:00 AM|
This is not the end.
Not by a long shot.
This is just the beginning...
This is only the first one hundred twenty eight days in a row of putting our worst aside and giving each other the very best. This is my gut checking effort to turn against the tide of despair, the odds stacked against me, and to try my hardest to make something out of nothing. This is my way to show how much respect I have for all of you, how much I care about you, and how much your wellbeing means to me whether I know you or not. This is me learning to be a better role model and more effective mental health advocate for the next one hundred twenty eight days, and beyond. Whatever it takes. However long it lasts. No matter what happens to me. This is just the beginning. Don't let anything stand in your way to find that spark inside of you. Grab hold of it and shine bright.
Now that I've had the opportunity to demonstrate my strength and determination to advocate for mental health over the last one hundred twenty eight days straight, to immerse as many of you as I could into my personal experiences with mental illness so you have a firsthand look at what it can be like, as well as sharing dozens of sources for inspiration to keep this a positive experience, I have decided to shift my focus from content blogging to short story writing. So, today will be my last blog post for two weeks to a month as I concentrate my efforts to work on the future mental health themed collection of short stories, "Memoirs of a Kind Man".
Yes, this means I will be breaking the streak. 128-1. Oh, I know. It's just terrible. It wasn't easy though, to break the habit. I had so much energy, pent up positive encouragement, four years before October when I was soul searching for a way to find my voice. Not to mention the increasing desperation and urgency to share what I've learned before too long. But before I manage to raise the bar from talking too much to blogging too often, I did need to take a break. If I didn't have the writing project in mind, I would still blog every other day. By posting blog entries covering such a massive range of mental health and inspirational discussion topics, everyone following along with me on this journey and anyone yet to dig in will have plenty of material to tide you over until I resume regular content blogging.
I encourage everyone to reread what I've already posted, submit comments, contact me with feedback and don't be shy to let me know what you think. Hearing from anyone who has been inspired by my writing will be something I will save to remember years from now. When I look back on these troublesome times I will not forget these moments when I gathered the courage to be strong in the face of adversity, and to do it for all of you. I will probably take a day or two of a break, depending on how long I can sit still which isn't very long, and then I'll resume working on my third mental health themed short story, entitled "... And Back Again". What this story deals with will be the focus of attention when I resume blogging since I will not be posting it publicly. Until then, I will post an update here every week to two weeks keeping you all updated on my progress.
Most important of all, I want to thank each and every one of you for taking time out of your busy days to lend an ear and learn what I've had to share so far. I'm looking forward to the Pennsylvania NAMI sponsored "Find Your Voice" Recovery Conference Event, to be held here locally at the Altoona Grand Hotel on Thursday April 20th, from 10am to 3pm. Something for anyone in the area to mark down on your calendars and keep an eye out for.
In the meantime, don't read more than I can write because I'll be back. Schwarzenegger shades and all. Count on it.