The first thing I feel obligated to put in this post is that I’m talking about that people that view mental illnesses as a trend, which they are not, I am not targeting anyone who actually struggles with these illnesses. The main point of this whole this is to be happy and not to try and fall into the new “trend” of mental illness. I would just like to emphasize once again that I am NOT at all writing about the people who actually struggle with these illnesses.
Happiness is everywhere, you might have to look but it’s there. Two things that I’m really trying to get in the habit of is finding at least one thing every day that makes me happy, and another thing is to try and make someone’s day or just put a smile on their face. I think we live in a society where happiness is trumped by depression, anxiety, and other mental illnesses that are glorified to be something beautiful, when in actuality there are so many people who struggle with them. I mean I love tumblr as much as the next internet-obsessed girl but there are so many people there who glorify things like self-harm and depression and they call it “beautiful” and “deep” but what about people who are so depressed that they do things like commit suicide? That’s not beautiful or deep it’s sad and tragic.
Like it’s not something to take lightly, things like #cutforbieber aren’t cool. These aren’t things meant to be trends, these are real things that real people struggle with. Why are we romanticizing things like depression when we could be shining light on the things that make people happy? We could emphasize things like flowers and rainbows. Yes, I know that sounds extremely cheesy but why can’t we do this? Why do we have to be a completely miserable species? Why can’t we find happy thing beautiful and deep? But even major corporations like Urban Outfitters releasing shirts that say “Eat Less” to what? Emphasize the need to be skinny and make curvy girls feel worse about themselves? To encourage diseases such as anorexia? That’s not okay, it’s not okay to glorify diseases. What if they were putting on the shirts “Get Mono” people wouldn’t be okay with that because it’s a physical disease, but as soon as it’s something mental it’s okay. Even as I’m looking up information for this post, I found out from The Huffington Post that they now have a shirt that is literally covered in the word depression (which luckily they were smart enough to pull from the shelves). Why? Be happy! If you do not actually have one of these mental disease, stop trying to act like you do. Stop reblogging those pictures of slit wrists, stop supporting stores like Urban Outfitters, don’t go on tumblr and favorite all of those posts about how suicidal poems are so beautiful, instead talk someone out of committing it.
Like this, you don’t have to be the kid on the left, you can be the girl on the right. You can make a difference. When you have the option to be happy or sad, wouldn’t you want to be happy? If you see someone wallowing in their self pity you can try and fix it, you don’t have to let them be miserable, be their friend. Sometimes the only thing that people need is a friend or a person to talk to. Make that difference, change someone’s life, be there for someone.
Do you really want to look back on your teenage years and be like man that was pathetic? What are you going to do when your kids ask you about your teenage years? I’m sure they will be glad to hear that you spent every night wallowing in self-pity when really there was nothing wrong. Side note: I am only talking to the people who treat depression and other mental illnesses as a trend, if you have any of these that I mention, I am not talking to you, please don’t be offended. If you smile more and have fun with life and embrace every moment you’ve been given you’re on the right track to being happy. Can we please stop glorifying things like depression, anorexia, and self harm and instead glorify happiness, butterflies, and flowers? I mean I know my posts aren’t always the happiest or most peppy things in the world, but I’m not a sad person all the time, I would say I am happier more than I am sad, I laugh more than I cry, no matter how angry I am I still find something to smile about (after I yell usually). Don’t follow this new “trend” because it’s not a trend, it’s something that real people struggle with and the more of a trend that it becomes the worse life it going to get for those who are actually suffering.
Well I think that’s it for this but this is just something that’s been driving me crazy and I saw Troye’s tweets this week and I was like okay this week is the week for this post. Anyway, I hope everyone can see that these are real diseases that people struggle with and they aren’t just some fad. Thanks for reading.
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