Here lies Joan without her left ear.

Here lies Joan without her left ear. Tribute to Mental Health Awareness

Someone you know is suffering with depression right now

Here lies Joan without her left ear. Tribute to Mental Health Awareness

For the majority of my life I have had to battle mental health issues. A day in my shoes trying to cope in the MaTRIX is often times very tiresome, to put it mildly.

One of the steps I take to manage my overall health is to write my feelings out on paper or in my online journal. That habit is instrumental in helping me lead a relatively sane and stable life.

…just doing basic tasks feels overwhelming as I struggle with my mind

When you are an artist living with chemical imbalances in the brain, finding ways to tackle basic activities of daily living most people take for granted can be daunting at times. I get to do it all while looking through the eyes of a dysfunctional mind and still live up to the expectations of a society stuck on stigma and ignorance about this very real condition:

I thought that by sharing this very private journal entry, someone out there who may be feeling tremendous anxiety about his-her mental state, can see they are not alone. There are still steps you can take to manage your own mental health and by extension take care of You.

Fearful of the Mind with which I must live

Tribute to Mental Health Awareness. Tribute to Mental Health Awareness

Tribute to Mental Health Awareness

My Mind

My Mind is too big for the world,
My Mind is too big for me,
Thoughts spinning and taking charge without permission.

My Mind remains a mystery inside me,
Rarely standing still long enough for me to see its face,
Incognito is where it likes to be,
In my wake it rules me, and in my sleep it owns me,
My Mind consumes me 24/7.

In a sea of confusion it reigns:
My Mind is evil, my Mind is good,
My Mind is sad, my Mind is glad,
My Mind is confused, my Mind is clear,
My Mind is sick, my Mind is well,
My Mind is broad one minute, narrow the next,
My Mind is my friend, my Mind is my enemy.

Fearful of the Mind with which I must live,
Never knowing its departure, nor its unpredicted return,
My Mind is too big for me,
My Mind is too big for this world…
Here lies Joan without her left ear.

— Taken from my personal journal writings

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