I am fighting a battle on the most tranquil ground
cautious of the mines as I lead you around
How could I ever begin to help you see
the path of destruction that lies underneath?
It is difficult to describe this faceless villain
no pathology to indict for these unwieldy feelings
Perhaps I’d find comfort if that weren’t so
These scars wouldn’t be as shameful with something to show
So I smile through the ache of another day
and fight like hell to simply stay
It isn’t that I can’t find beauty all around
I see it in little things like leaves on the ground
It shines bright in the embrace of weathered hands
that have longed for a simple touch through life’s demands
I hear it in the voice of innocent children
their spirits full of wonder and magical visions
Beauty is everywhere to be felt and to be seen
It is only on the inside that I feel so unclean
If only this villain would just let me be
I can fool everyone else, why can’t I fool me?
December 2, 2015
Inspired by a conversation that I had with a beautiful woman that I admire very much. It is no secret that there are many stigmas associated with mental illness. According to the Center for Disease Control, “only 25% of people with mental health issues feel that other people are compassionate and/or sympathetic toward them.” It is a shameful statistic when one in four people have been touched by some form of mental illness.
In an effort to re-frame the conversation, artist Robot Hugs created a comic that displays what it would be like if we discussed physical illnesses in the same way we do mental illnesses. Take a look at the graphic below.