“I wonder what would happen if you say what you wanna say – and let the words fall out? Honestly – I wanna see you be Brave…” – Sara Bareilles ‘Brave’
It was never intended as a challenge, this lyric, and when Sandy sent it to me (or near me (or at me)) a few months ago, it immediately plucked at chords deep within my soul. Truth is what I’m about. And writing those Truths to break down barriers, start conversations and begin undermining Taboos.
Because Taboos can hold people captive.
They can stunt and stifle and emprison. They can render a person powerless from shame or guilt or anxiety. They can haunt, rattling their bones in the closet; unheard except by the person who’s living in the knowledge that they exist, threatening to appear one day, unannounced, and ruin everything (or, that’s the lie the Taboo would like you to believe).
So here’s my theory for getting the drop on them:
A pre-emptive strike.
For a good cause. Not just because it means that it’s ‘Out There’ and that you have a little more to add into your picture of who I am (if that’s your *thing* – it’s something I love; getting to know the writer), but because mental health issues are increasingly prevalent in our society (whether by incidence or diagnosis) and they still hold such stigma.
With that in mind, let me breathe slowly, count to ten, and invite you to come back in time with me, over at My Daily Jenn-ism, where I’ve contributed to Mental Health March.
This is me: showing you my Brave, and hoping you don’t run screaming for the hills, never to return.