- I picked the word “Schizophrenia“, just curious to see what images come up.
This is the 11th image. The image speaks to me, a lot. Some of you may look at this image and see one person, or maybe you look upon it and see three people. When I look at this image I see strength, bravery, and courage! Why do I see that?
- Strength: If you have Schizophrenia, then you know how strong you have to be, everyday. How strong you have to become get know the difference between fiction and reality. I know how strong you have to be to not give up on yourself. Strong enough to live everyday with voices in your own head, working against you. Strong enough to determine whether or not to listen to the voices.
- Bravery: I see bravery, how couldn’t you see bravery? If not, you must not have Schizophrenia. You have to be brave enough to hear random thoughts that aren’t your own. To smell something that is no where around you, something you’ve never even smelled before. To randomly taste different things without eating anything. You must be brave to face the world knowing how the media portrays your “disability“. Brave enough to fight the voices and thoughts, every day of your life. Brave enough to admit you are a Schizophrenic!
- Courage: The definition of courage: “The ability to do something that frightens one” I’m no expert but did they mix up the definition of courage with schizophrenia?! We show courage everyday! If you’re reading this and you’re not a schizophrenic, just put yourself in our shoes. Could you get use to randomly hearing people talking to you? Not knowing if it was in your head, or actually someone was speaking to you? Would that frighten you? We hear them and we see them, in our heads and in our homes…could you do that? We have the courage to change the things that we’re capable of changing, and getting use to the things we can’t change (voices, random thoughts and random acts). Ignoring all the hateful things that the media, bullies at school, people at your work, family, and so called friends have to say about us, is courage. We’re showing courage everyday but living our life!
If you read this and also have Schizophrenia, you’re not alone. We struggle, yes, but look at how awesome we are. Look at how challenged our lives our, yet we’re still here, fighting our “battle” everyday. I hope this helped someone today:)
over and out:)