September 18th, 2008


Taking a Break

Taking a break from some research I'm doing for a news article over at A2.0 I got to talking with a friend about computers and wound up finishing off my NewEgg wish list. Well, not exactly finished as nothing is finalized until I start buying the parts, but it's a general idea of what I plan on getting for my new system. This is definitely going to be one bad mofo. For the first time I'll actually have a top of the line system instead of models from 2-3 years ago (why this is important to me I couldn't quite answer you, but it is).

Also the other day I was at my first Avon sales meeting and I will be getting in some promotional materials for the new Bond Girl perfume exclusively from Avon. So if you like Avon perfumes and live in the McMinnville area, give me a call at 865.748.0793 (no, I don't have a problem giving out my phone number because I know how to use no call lists and call my phone company and get people blocked from calling) to set up an appointment or email me for same and we'll talk. Right now all I have are some samples, but I should be getting in those bottles in the next few weeks. If you like the samples, we'll go from there.

I'd like to take a moment for a special PSA on mental illness, especially those akin to bipolar disorder (BPD), paranoid schizophrenia and the like. Those of us who have such illnesses aren't completely broken. We don't wish to be shunned like we have some communicable disease that you might catch if we get too close. Many of us can lead normal[sic] everyday lives if we can get on a treatment plan that works for us. What we don't need is the shunning, the negative stereotyping, the mollycoddling that many of you seem to like to treat those with mental illness with. Yes, unlike other illnesses which can be cured or treated into remission, those of us with mental illness will never not be cured or not on our medications and seeing our therapists and counselors, big deal. If we're on that path then we already know how to deal with our illness/disorder/whatever-we-choose-to-call-it. Can you not live and let live? At least I do not need or want your sympathy. A little empathy and understanding, on the other hand, can go a long way. I don't want your pity, scorn, or shame. I'm sure it's the same for many others.

If you prick me, do I not bleed? I'm alive the same as you. I have a job, a girlfriend, a plan to get and stay on my feet. What's so different about that? Nothing. I'm no different then you. I have hair, teeth, nails, eyes, a nose and mouth, feet, fingers, all the things that make a human human. My heart beats and my soul feels. Just because what's wrong with me cannot be seen or put in a cast and healed in six weeks does not make me less. If anything it makes me more, it makes me better, but not better then you. It makes my life better because my accomplishments are sweeter. Sure my losses might be felt harder but whatever. I just have to make sure I don't have as many losses as I have successes.

So the next time you hear your friend/lover/spouse/whatever has been diagnosed with a mental illness, don't recoil with horror or look on in pity. Be that friend, lover or spouse you were before you knew about this "almighty revelation", that's going to make them feel a lot better and eventually you won't give their "problem" a second thought.

[tags]mental health, self, business[/tags]

Originally published at Ameliorations 1.0.