Monday, September 20, 2010

let's talk about me.

candid.

I asked a friend of mine to pick one word to describe me and that was his response. I can’t disagree (though brilliant and beautiful were my top two picks). I am candid for many reasons:
  1. I don’t know any other way to be.
  2. People who beat around the bush and hem and haw drive me nuts.
  3. I don’t have time to be anything but.
I know that my candor shocks some (a lot of) people. I have no problem talking and writing about the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to having a child with Autism. I enjoy writing about risqué subjects like crotchless panties, the demise of my breasts, and visits with my fine doctor. Making it weird makes my day. The one subject that has taken me a while to open up about is my mental health, and how hard I work to maintain it. It isn’t that I am embarrassed about suffering from depression, or the least bit ashamed. As one of my favourite sayings goes “it is what it is”. I will say that I think there is a stigma attached to taking medication for depression. Many people simply don’t understand it. They think that if you:

  • would just eat right and exercise, you wouldn’t need medication.
  • got out in the sunshine more, you wouldn’t need medication.
  • just decided to have a better attitude, you wouldn’t need medication.

These are people who have never suffered from clinical depression. They don’t know what it is like to not be able to get out of bed in the morning, to feel like it is a monumental effort just to get dressed and eat breakfast. They don’t understand what it is like to feel completely overwhelmed at the very thought of getting through the day, or that pretending that everything is fine is completely exhausting.

But that isn’t what this post is about. It’s about being candid. I suppose if you blog, which is somewhat self-focused you have to be fairly candid, or else what’s the point? I feel like if this blog is going to be anything more than a personal diary, it should have content that is interesting and compelling, if not educational. “Candid” is a wonderful way to be described. While we're on the subject:

 What word would you use to describe me?

13 comments:

  1. The next time you are at the doc's office, can you please snap a pic of this fine man? lol

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  2. Anonymous3:27 PM

    Fierce. In the best of ways.

    A. xo

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  3. Anonymous6:01 PM

    Can we consider "one-who-fishes-for-compliments" as a single word?

    I kid because I love. I'm at a loss for one single word to define the love of my life, so for the moment I'll settle on "delicious".

    Scott

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  4. Anonymous6:39 PM

    MamaBear

    from one who knows.

    mb

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  5. @Scott - good thing you called me delicious after that first line.

    @mb - awh.

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  6. Vanessa9:46 PM

    Sassy! (in the best way possible)

    And yeah, I second Jenn's request - pics of the fine doctor please ;)

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  7. in·de·fat·i·ga·ble

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  8. @Raye - is that even a word? ;-)

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