Just over a month ago, I came across this banner on a blog I was reading and thought that I should try it. Now what was I going to write about? That was the big question, and like most people who enjoy writing I’d heard the adage about writing what you know, but what if what you know best is depression?
After all, I’d spent 10 years of my adult life battling this debilitating illness, crying for no apparent reason and willing myself, unsuccessfully I might add, out of the safety of my bed. I’d been evicted from my home, let the bills pile up unopened, had the bailiffs knocking on my door all because I simply couldn’t face the world and the challenges it was throwing at me.
I had a lot to say on depression and what it had done to me, but was that enough? It was a good thing that since the beginning of the year I’d noticed a distinct improvement to my once gloomy disposition. With the help of a great doctor, who had finally found the right combination of anti-depressants for me, things were looking up.
On top of knowing the subject matter inside out – so to speak – I could also offer hope to the countless others out there going through what I’d been through, and I felt that that was important. If I could help people avoid the mistakes I’d made, perhaps even make a difference in just one person’s life that would be enough.
I set about getting a blog and writing my very first post. In the back of my mind I kept thinking if this doesn’t go well I can always stop, but the feedback I started to get, from people all over the world, was incredible. A real boost to my damaged self-confidence and this only encouraged me to keep writing. I’m so glad that I took up the challenge and started this blog, as the experience has been great!