For the next 7 days, I am challenging myself to write a daily blog. Even though I write almost everyday, I want to take the opportunity to share my journal out loud and see if there is any change in my mental health in this short period of time. That’s a challenge in itself, I believe, but I’m excited to start. Selfishly, I want to benefit from this, and I am sharing on my social media so I have to stay true to my commitment. Additionally, just like all my posts, if one other person besides myself benefits from this and has a smile across their face while reading, I’m content.
This month, I began my more in depth research for my thesis, which is due at the end of August. I am combining mental health and travel, and explaining why there is a need for more resources for students who want to travel, but suffer from poor mental health or struggle with a mental illness. With this, I have come across so many articles, blogs, and vlogs that address mental health, and I can honestly say they have been incredibly inspiring. I did not even know so many of these existed, and it made me so happy to read so many journeys, and that are many are like my own.
We often don’t share the negative mishaps in our day to day lives because we worry how others will perceive of. However, I think it’s time we look beyond that, and take the steps to better ourselves, without the fear of judgement. I’m not certain, but I’d like to bet that many of the people online who portray a “perfect” lifestyle have not always been in the best place, or currently not 100% happy. So, I think it’s time we step away from the perfectly altered and edited Instagram pictures and post more raw and real images of ourselves. There is no need to create a fake profile, to show off a life no one really leads. Instead of curating a perfectly crafted profile, let’s be honest with ourselves and “like” posts that are genuine. Can we do that together?
I’m very fortunate to be able to speak freely about my feelings and my day to day. Even though the size of my audience isn’t tremendous, I still stand on a platform that allows me to address others, and I am forever thankful for that. Not every 22 year old woman has the ability to do so.
Happy reading, and please don’t hesitate to message me for any reason