Let’s slow it down a bit today.
I don’t have a funny bitch for you. Well–that’s a lie. She’s fucking hilarious, but I’m going to talk about IAmPisspot for a very different reason. I’ll tell you a little of her story just to set the tone here.
12 years ago, her mother took her own life after struggling with severe and debilitating depression. In her own words, Pisspot spent 1o of the 12 years pretending that it didn’t happen. That nothing was wrong, and that everything was perfectly fine. She (as many of us who’ve done the same thing can attest to) figured out that ignoring the problem only makes it so much worse. You can read about her journey in this post right here. It will make you sad.
Pisspot’s journey shook me, because her story spoke to me because of how well I related to it. I’d done a similar thing for so long. I’d ignored all the hurt and abuse and pain that I endured growing up, and it only has dawned on me recently that some parts of my personality aren’t really my personality at all, but products of the trauma.
We had a small chat about how seeking help and learning to get better is infinitely more difficult than ignoring the problem, but goddamn if you don’t feel better.
She started running for charity. And she kept running. And she ran a little more. And now she’s running 4 races in 4 cities in 2012 because she’s a badass, and also to support MIND, a charity that assists mental illness sufferers. The UK, where she hails from, has a national health system, but it’s not always easy to get the help you need for mental illnesses.
I started going to therapy because I’m a really shitty runner. In the US, it’s not always easy to find the help you need either, but NAMI can help.
As the holidays approach, please remember to take care of yourself, your family, and your friends around you. There is no shame in getting help for mental illnesses. There is no need to live with the pain that someone else inflicted upon you.
You don’t have to suffer silently only to slip away from those you love.
Please go check out IAmPisspot and her journey today. Keep bringing the funny, because sometimes, that’s the only thing that can keep us going.
—Favorite Comment From The Last Post: From Carri: “Pablo took the words right out of my mouth. And by “the words”, I mean “the word penis”. I don’t mean “his penis”. Because that would be awkward. He’s never even bought me dinner.”