My friend James Schumacher has gone through a very traumatic time with the passing of his dad. A few days ago he decided to finally do what any writer would do in this situation. He writes.
When you get to the point where writing is necessary for your sanity, you write it down regardless of how painful or personal it is. Once it’s down on paper or computer screen you then have the choice of do I keep this to myself or do I share it? More often than not we would like to keep it to ourselves maybe even after a short period of time rip it up or delete it. It’s the safest choice by far, but it takes real courage to lay it all out in the danger zone that is the internet for all to read, comment on and ultimately judge.
I think in this day and age though we need to talk about things like this, not just the how the death occurred but the stages the person affected by this death goes through. I firmly believe more than ever in the year 2017 that the greatest enemy to humanities well-being is mental health. The more we share, the more we relate. The more we relate, the more we see by example that we’re not alone and that there is a way out of a destructive mindset or this period of depression. We all have issues things we don’t want to talk about or deal with. We are afraid to share and for many of us were taught not to share and to keep it to yourself. We’re told to bottle up all of the pain, emotions, and questions, and we wonder why society is the way it is today. If we resolve the mental health crisis watch how quickly the rest of the world’s problems go away.
So while this post is about a horrific experience its therapy for James and hopefully it can help someone in some way going through something similar. I know that is something he believes in strongly. He also announces his new film and comic projects with preview art by Marco Roblin.
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