Dad, Why Do You Write?

My son turns two today. One day, he soon, he will ask me, “Dad, why do you write about suicide and depression all the time?”
The large majority of people who suffer from mental illness will fight their illness every day, for the rest of their lives. They will never go off of medication; they will never stop needing therapy. They will endure good times and bad times; times of wellness and times of relapse. They will often have multiple relapses and hospitalizations.

Not me. I am one of the few who has, for now, remained well for ten years and counting.

That’s why I have to write. I have to write because there are so few of us can write, and so many who cannot.

Somebody gave me the chance to live a full and vital life, and actually do something with it.

So my promise to you is, never to forget that.

Happy Birthday Son.

3 thoughts

  1. *applauds*
    I don’t always comment but I do always read. It’s nice to know there are other people out there who share similar struggles, so you are doing me a huge favor by writing this blog. Your son will be proud to know you have the courage to be helpful to people like me who hide behind humor and potty jokes instead of confronting their feelings.

    1. This means a lot to me Sarah, thanks.
      Don’t be mistaken though: I need you as much as you need me.
      In fact I’m going to write about what I mean tomorrow.

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