Embrace your hunger for creativity: Slip inside my mind for 5 – by Antony Stevenson

You should read “Slip inside my mind for 5” on Wattpad.

My boyfriend wrote this today and just reminded me why I love him so much. I had to share and I hope you’ll read it cos it’s funny and honest and brilliant….wpid-wp-1441204288294.jpeg

I really hope someone, even just one person, gets some motivation from this to make the positive changes that will lead them to a fulfilling life. That’s what I strive for every day, at least. I think that natural creativity inside of some people can be a precursor to the addiction issues my boyfriend talks about here, maybe it’s an added sensitivity to our surroundings or maybe we feel too deeply, but if that urge to create isn’t fulfilled then it causes a hole deep within our soul, and eventually that hole can become an open wound. Some of the most intelligent and naturally talented people I have ever met have been addicts. I really believe that if we don’t fill that hole with positive, constructive hobbies then that can lead us to try and fill it with substances or other destructive behaviours; always seeking an external remedy for an internal, spiritual deficiency.

I don’t have any evidence to back up this theory, it’s just something I feel strongly based on my own experiences over the last 10 years, but I’m not alone in coming to this conclusion. I assume that it was a similar train of thought that led my mentor, Gary Staniforth, CEO of The Hidden Homeless and SMART Recovery UK facilitator, to create The Hidden Voices magazine and fill it with inspirational stories, pictures, poems, art of every kind, of people dealing with accommodation or addiction issues, allowing those who feel that they have been forgotten by society the chance to contribute in a meaningful way to something that really matters; shedding light on often misunderstood problems and bringing into focus the humanity behind the derogatory headlines, while also giving an outlet to people who have that drive to create.

Maybe everybody should be creating in some way. Perhaps I’m wrong in thinking that it is only ‘some’ people who have this artistic drive. Perhaps society in general has become so used to buying things cheaply, living in a consumer driven world where everything seems to be disposable, that we all suffer to some degree with feeling that nothing we do can make a difference. Maybe with so much emphasis on money and earning, with so many struggling just to survive, we don’t find the time to express what is inside us, we don’t place enough value on what we can create with our own hands beginning with just an idea and bringing it to fruition driven only by a need inside of us that demands to be met.


So maybe I am over excited about my boyfriend finally connecting with his creativity again, it certainly isn’t the deepest, most insightful piece he’s ever written, but I know that those words needed to be let out, I know the talent that comes so naturally to him needs to be used, it was given to him for a reason and if he doesn’t use it then he will never be fulfilled. I value any expression of the inner self that is created by anybody just because they needed to get it out. So yes, it means a lot to me to be able to share this with you all. It is the sign I have been desperately waiting for that I have the man I love back with me, that he isn’t going to disappear again if I take my eyes off him, that there is hope.wpid-wp-1439233920356.jpeg

What’s it like living with mental illness? Ask Wil Wheaton.

I originally found this great article, written by Parker Molloy, on Flipboard and felt I needed to share it. I will be looking into Project UROK some more as this is the first I’ve heard of them and it looks like they do great work and I’d like to get more involved in spreading awareness and reducing stigma, as pretty much everybody in my life has had their own struggles with mental health issues. Wil Wheaton, among others, has shared his struggles with mental illness in a video interview in order to reduce stigma and support people in similar circumstances. I’ve always been a fan of his work and love his cameo appearances in The Big Bang Theory, but he has just risen hugely in my esteem for his part in Project UROK. As the founder, Jenny Jaffe, said, “Project UROK is the resource I wish I had had as a teenager.” My own struggles started in my teenage years and I do wonder how different things might have been if I’d had access to more support and resources like Project UROK.
This article was written by Parker Molloy and originally published on Upworthy. I have no rights to it and I’m sharing it only to spread awareness of Project UROK as a resource for those struggling with mental illness.

“Until we can talk about mental illness as an illness that, like anything else, requires professional treatment and care, we will continue to think of mental illness as something to be kept a secret.”
Jenny Jaffe

You can find out more about Project UROK at their website, like their Facebook page, or follow them on Twitter at @ProjectUROK. You can also upload your own video about your own experiences of mental illness so that you, too, can spread awareness and maybe inspire somebody going through similar circumstances.