I paint freestyle - by looking - to look is to get lost in Vincent Van Gogh, pure pleasure. Some of you will think I've lost my mind - like Norm who recognized 'Starry Night but not the Skeleton smoking as both of Vincent's paintings.
Doing what he loved yet distracted, tired, sick, lonely, overwhelmed - sound familiar- Depression. Apparently had his Mental health issues been addressed he would have been very successful & might've seen more than one painting sold. Addressed & not shunned - it can go two ways from what I understand - the 'not so nice way' is more people taking their own lives because they are taking medications that do not work - Depression is not a racist nor does it care about how much money you have. If we keep shaming, an article I read stated people will just start to hide it better... until they show up at Sunday Mass with a grenade for the cash basket.
When we shame mental illness we are applying the same rules as prohibition - what a failure it has been. If your face twitched 24/7 you would think about this stuff too. God's not playing anymore - pay attention ;) "You are only as sick as your secrets" - a remark I think I heard on a Pod Cast- it must have been my favourite 'Hidden Brain', every episode interesting. Growing up 'My Moods' were shamed, often... a big secret, I get it - NOW- this is how some handle events but it's not healthy imo - the sooner we address unpleasant events & feelings the sooner we can try to heal & move on, my mom had a terrible event happen to her at a fairly young age & was understandably depressed at the time - but now many parent's are both paying more attention to social media then their children.
The kids won't be pleased when they get older.
It's a fact - try to prove me wrong.
How many generations started the same way as Vincent, myself, my mom was one of 6 kids & I never met any grandpa... dealing with mental illness decades later, generations later. Babies having babies, young parents having too many, too soon with obligations thrown at them pretty quickly - I've blogged when we were first married how we stole a case of baby food to get by... By the Grace of God - it's why I was more than happy to accept donations to food bank at Halloween. Yes, I speak from experience - marriage is difficult enough - wait to have your babies -be ready to welcome them with love.
Instagram, face book, Selfies, Social media, socializing & recreational drugs YIKES!
MORE & MORE babies are ending up with a wire monkey mom. & or dad.
Please, Wake the fuck up. Babies do not ask to be born - we humans are given the choice to procreate - carelessly - if we desire.
People use to often remark when Storm was little:
"Let him cry!" or ... " You never put him down... " Amen.
Please put down your phones & pick up your babies.
With TLC & THC