Seriously… If you follow or blog about addiction, mental health or recovery, you’ve seen these quotes about keeping your head up, pushing through, only you can prevent forest fires, etc. Maybe I’m just feeling particularly cynical today, but sometimes it’s hard to wade through the bullshit to find helpful or productive information. Do these things really inspire us or are we trying to find a way to express the unexpressable (yes I know that’s not a word). My motivation for staying sober, staying on my medication and going to therapy is a complex thing, multi-faceted and to a certain extent fluid. Some days I do it to feel better in the moment, sometimes I do it thinking about long-term goals, sometimes I’m not doing it for myself so much as for other people out of a fear of letting them down. There are a lot of people out there getting clicks and likes and shares off of the dumbest stuff. I want this blog to be more than that- to offer something of substance and of use. Yes, if I go back and look over some of what I’ve posted here I’ll find I’m just as guilty, so there’s some self-policing I’ll need to exercise too.
Are you nodding along or am I totally wrong about this?