I’m only 21…

I am well aware that I have a lot to learn. I don’t pretend to know everything or to understand everything that happens to me and to you. Life is complicated. I’m only 21. I’m naive. Many beliefs I hold strongly today I shall look back on with raised eyebrows, wondering how I could be…

Be the change

We can all relate to feelings of stress and anxiety, perhaps even depression, maybe it’s not something that you suffer from yourself, but I’m fairly certain that you will know someone who does. Mental illness is something rarely discussed, even though it is particularly prevalent in young adults, like you and me. As I have…

Nothing more

In life we are all guilty of comparing ourselves to the people around us. Oh, how I wish I could be as laid-back as so-and-so. But what we don’t always realise is that we are actually comparing ourselves to the image that they project, the way that they want to be seen. We see no…

Soul searching

We all want to be someone of importance, to be a person that means something to someone. If only to give our own life value and meaning. Each of us want to feel love and be loved in return, to take pleasure in our work, and to own a house in which we can raise…

Our greatest fear

Our greatest fear is that we will be found out. That our friends and family will see behind the façade, the mask we show the world, and we’ll lose them because of it. We fear their judgement and rejection. So we try to hide the truth, to cover it from view, and tell people what we think they…

Rest & Recovery

I just wanted to start this post with a little update on my marathon training. Race day is now only a month away! I’ve attached a link to my Just Giving page, should you wish to check it out! http://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/MattMcKeen Before Christmas, at the beginning of my marathon training, I was running four or five…

Loneliness

There is a difference between being alone and feeling alone. You can have 200 Facebook friends or 2000 and still feel lonely. It simply doesn’t matter. That’s not how loneliness works. You can’t prevent it by just having a multitude of friends. The number of people you know counts for nothing. The truth is that…

Making a difference

It’s difficult to speak on behalf of the silent. Your words have a certain weight behind them. There’s a lot of responsibility. To say the words that no one wants to hear. It’s no surprise that you’re weary. You’re tired from fighting the battles of a whole army of people alone. But keep doing what…

Our struggles are our own

Mental illness is incredibly personal. Why? Because we choose to make it so. It is conspicuous by it’s absence in normal day-to-day conversation. It is still shrouded in secrecy and silence. Fear, ignorance and prejudice still rule. Yes, even today. Our struggles are our own – or at least that’s the way it feels. We…

Crossroads

On approaching a big decision in our lives, a “crossroad” if you like, we can sometimes become anxious. What if we choose wrong? There are a number of paths that go from this point and we must choose one and only one on which to proceed. But which one? Once we’ve made our decision there’s no…

Making a start

I’ve been struggling with my marathon training recently. It’s not that I lack the motivation. I have plenty of that. I think my problem is that the closer race day gets the bigger the task ahead of me feels. 26.2 miles is a heck of a long way. I’m not sure I’ll be able to…

Early nights

I’ve been a little lower than I like to think recently. I guess it’s these winter months. I always find them difficult. The bleakness. The eternal darkness. The constant drudgery. My evenings consist of waiting to go to bed in hope that tomorrow will be different to the day just gone. They rarely are. I…