With the Internet, you never know how far your words will go.
Yesterday, SeaTread Studios (the people who interviewed me and put the video on YouTube) received a letter from a person who had gone on Reddit to say their final good-byes. The letter writer planned on jumping from a radio tower near their home. While they were on Reddit, and in the subcategory schizophrenia, they clicked on a link to a video “about a blogger with schizophrenia” and the person followed the link and watched the trailer and then watched all the videos that SeaTread has put out. The videos changed the mind of the letter writer. S/he decided they wanted to live.
I am that blogger with schizophrenia.
Even though it was a video that changed that person’s mind, the fact is, none of us know who is reading our words, and what state of mind they are in. People may come to our blogs looking for answers, looking for hope, looking for someone who has been or is going through what they are. Your words could be the bridge between light and dark. Your words could be the salve put on a wound. Your words could be a lifeline of hope in someone who had decided to give up.
Our blogs are important. Even if you don’t write about mental health issues, your words could be educating, comforting, entertaining, or simply beautiful.
This is my love letter to all of you bloggers, keep doing what you are doing. The work you do is important and there is room for all of us writing about every topic, and all of us can have a hand in changing the world, even if we are never aware that we did.
This one is to you: