Reducing the social stigma and starting conversations surrounding mental health is still a huge challenge, especially in this Instagram-curated, perfection-driven world we tend to live in. For those afflicted with mental illness, myself & many others included, reaching out or asking for help can be incredibly daunting. The least cool thing an anxiety & depression-addled brain can think to do is to be even needier; to be more of a burden on their loved ones.
When I started taking my writing & online presence more seriously, I was forced to consider the implications of brand, identity, and personhood on the Internet. How thin can the line be between private meditation and public presentation? Vulnerability is terrifying, alluring, humorous, but in most cases nevertheless brave. “Influencer Culture” is still in its infancy, and there are so many gross ways to go about, but I don’t believe it’s going anywhere because it’s always been around. The bizarre questions of whether my desires, impulses, or the things I wanted to share with my family, friends, and those who follow me are or are not ‘on brand’ is endlessly tiresome, but not new.
Even if you’re not on the social internet, perception and self-awareness are still useful things to consider (unless you’re a jerk), and opening up about your challenges can reveal that you’re not alone in them, and that the challenges, as big as they are, and as vulnerable as you feel, are not unsolvable. That’s part of what I really like about the Internet, why I lean into it instead of away and why I try to remember that tomorrow will be a better day.
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