I Am Not Alone and Neither Are You
I know, I know. The podcast itself has only been running since April, but there were several months of planning and preparation that went into getting there. As we speak, the three of us are planning our content for 2018.
It’s all very exciting!
Over the course of the past year, you may have noticed we each have our own specialties and interests. Chautona loves marketing and connecting with people, April can’t get enough of research or fountain pens, and I drone on and on about mental health issues.
It’s important to me. I’m sure you’ve noticed by now.
Our very first episode hinged on the idea that “You Are Not Alone”. Now, at the end of our first year of podcasting, I’d like to discuss it a little more. “You Are Not Alone” is a simple concept, but it helps me far more than you might suspect.
It Keeps Me Grounded
I struggle every day with anxiety. People all over the world suffer from crippling anxiety, severe depression, or some other, painful flavor of mental illness. My struggles don’t compare to what others face, but it is still hard for me.
Whenever the fear starts getting too big for me to handle, this mantra helps me pull back. It gives me perspective. It shows me that, no matter what I’m dealing with, others have dealt with the same and continued on in spite of it.
Sometimes all I need to survive the storm is a tether to pull me back to earth.
It Keeps Me Moving
Just as it keeps me grounded from the turbulent skies and murky depths of my brain, the fact that I am not alone guides me through my career.
Every time I wrestle with imposterr syndrome, “overwhelm”, or generally doubt myself, I know that nearly every other writer has dealt with the same problems. Many of my favorites struggle with these things and some of them are best selling authors!
Really what it takes is growth and persistence. And I can handle that.
It Keeps Me Compassionate
Depression, Anxiety, and any mental illness really, have one thing in common: They defy reason.
That’s what makes them problems in the first place. Sometimes you can think your way through the mess in your head, and sometimes you can’t. When a loved one, or even a stranger, has entered that realm without logic, I don’t want them to be alone.
Experiences differ from illness to illness; person to person. I can’t go with them into their personal hell. I’m not sure I would, even if I could, but I can stay present, loyal, and understanding. It’s all I can do and still take care of myself.
Sometimes that’s enough.
What Does It Mean to You?
Does the idea that You Are Not Alone scare you or fill you with confidence? How does it help you? Have you ever used this to help someone else?
Let me know in the comments below. I can’t wait to hear if and how this concept has helped you.
I’m sorry if this post is a bit too sappy and emotional for you… wait… No, I’m not. Mental health is important to me, and it’s ignored far too often. So, if you find yourself confused, upset, and hurting, always remember that you are not alone.
I’ll talk to you again in two weeks. Rowenson, out.