So I mentioned in a recent blog post that although Beauty From Pain Blog has been quiet lately, this has mainly been due to lack of time on my part, and I’ve always been meaning to get back to it.
Well, I feel like I have at least a dozen of blog post stored up, and hope that they come together soon.
I’ve been meaning to write this blog post ‘What defines you?’ for over two months now.
You may have seen the BBC3 mental health season, It’s a Mad Word, over the summer. I saw some of the programmes that were part of it, and hope to catch up on the rest soon.
Part of the mental health season was a 3 part series, Don’t Call Me Crazy, which followed a year in the lives of teenages in an in-patient mental health unit.
When I think back, there was one part of one episode that sticks out in mind for me.
Emma had obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). She spoke about how her OCD doesn’t define her:
“Can I just say something though? OCD doesn’t define who I am. Alright I’ve got it, but I like music, I like playing the guitar, I like bands, I like the colour yellow, I like chocolate. But I don’t like all them things because I’ve got OCD. I like all them things because I’m Emma. It doesn’t define me as a person. Just because I’m going through it right now and it’s a part of me right now it doesn’t define me.’
I love this!
I have quoted it at a number of training courses since.
I have found it so insightful.
For someone living with any mental illness, it can take over your life. It can consume you. It can seem like there is nothing else to your life but someone with a mental illness.
But Emma described in a simple, easy to understand way, how there is much more to the person, than just someone with a mental health condition.
So… if you live with a mental health condition, I’m wondering… what defines you?
If you were to say, like Emma, what defines you, what would it be?
It would be great to hear what you have to say on the subject.
I’m going to make a shot of mine:
My mental health problems do not define who I am. Yeah, I’ve got some mental health problems, but there is so much more to me. I am also a hard-working person and an ambitious person. I am a mental health trainer and an entrepreneur. I’m someone who cares about others. I like food a bit too much, especially chicken, and I love KFC and Nandos. I like going to the movies and I love popcorn. I love my nieces and nephews and I wish I could see them more often. I am a risk taker. I took a risk by emigrating to a country I now consider home. I also took a risk by setting up my own business. I go with my heart a little too often. I get hurt very easily. I am a disorganised person and I am always losing things. One of things that I like most about me, now I have started growing it, is my hair. I have a lot of determination to succeed and a lot of inner strength.
These, and many more, are the things that define me – the things that make me me. I am so much more than just a person with mental health difficulties.
What defines you?
What makes you you?