Giving a Voice to the Silence offers positive angles to the issue that faces those with mental illness. Living with Schizo-Affective Disorder and being able to share my experiences with others, is the best way I know how to pay it forward. Life can be difficult, my goal is to bring a bit of hope to a place where many feel there is none.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Welcome to 2008, Welcome to the future

I learned a lot in 2007, about myself, about the world, my friends and family, and most of all my faith and my career.

I finally came to understand the phrase, “Pick your battles.” As this refers to the world’s news, I find it amazing how people will find the most trivial incident to exploit and often times make money off of. What if we put this energy into our top priorities, taking care of the homeless, the soldiers returning home, taking our streets back from drug dealers and gangs? Put the focus on improving, instead of blaming everyone for the mistakes being made and how miserable we feel.

My oldest daughter turned 18 a couple weeks ago – while it did not make me feel old, I did suddenly realize how fast the time had gone. The little girl, who came into my room with an earache and needed comfort, is planning to move out as she heads of to college in September. I worry about how she will do on her own, who will comfort her when she has an earache. Over the next 3 years, this scene will be played out two more times, as her sister’s approach the golden age of 18.

As I find time flying by, it is time to focus a little more on my future and what life has in store for me. What will the New Year bring for me?

I have been offered a part time position at my local newspaper, working with one of the editors. I currently freelance for them, so this will an additional duty and more stable.

For the blog you are reading now, I look to the future to expand the information available to those with Mental Illness, those with family members with a Mental Illness and most of all for them to know they are not alone.

As a news junkie (I’m not afraid to admit it), I use my blog, “The Writers News Room,” to seek out the most interesting pieces of news, give them an opinion type spin and see what you may have to say on the topic. Whether it is national, local, or everyday life – the news will be there.

As I proceed in my endeavor to finish my first novel and work with an agent. I look forward to sharing the ups and downs, along with the realities of the process. There are two more books in the works, so it should be an interesting to see where “The Novel Notebook,” takes us.

Lastly there is photography, “Camera Words,” is a passion of mind that has spent too much time on the back burner. I look forward to bring it to the forefront and using the blog in many ways and presenting these pictures to the public.

On a personal level, I have learned a lot about myself. I’ve learned to plan for the future, but live for today. We never know if tomorrow will come, so make today count and take nothing for granted. My faith has brought me the greatest peace. I know how my life has changed and my desire to give to others. My hope is that my life will show those changes and encourage others.

January 1st is always seen as a new beginning, but what if we saw everyday that way? What do you see for 2008? What did you learn from 2007?

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