I had my 10,000th visitor to this blog earlier this week. I’m also getting my first visitors from China. In three years of doing this blog on a regular basis I’ve had over 10,000 visitors from over 90 different countries. Thank you to everyone who has taken time to read my musings, ramblings, and rantings. I hope to keep this blog a regular thing and see what can be made of it.
I think as more stigmas and myths about mental illness are being dispelled and broken more bloggers and podcasters will come forward and tell their stories about their wins and losses with mental illness. Most stigmas about other traditionally marginalized groups are being broken down all the time. In 1950 who would ever thought that USA would have a black president? In 1970 who would have ever thought two of top four candidates for US president would be women? In 1990 who would have ever thought that rights and protections for the LGBT communities would be pressed for? And many people now still think mentally ill people should keep quiet and stay on the fringes of society. Why should we stay stigmatized and dismissed? Why is it in 2016 and after 20 years of easy internet access that there are people who are still convinced that mental illness is not real? I don’t suppose I’ll ever convince those people that mental illness is real and that it sucks. But I will still be writing blogs and essays about it for years to come. I might even start a youtube channel and a podcast about life with a mental illness in the coming years. These critics will move out of influence and die before I stop writing and being open about my mental illness. Fight to keep mentally ill people marginalized all you want, but you will lose this fight and you will be on the wrong side of history. People who fought to keep racial and religious minorities marginalized failed. People who opposed opportunities and freedoms for women lost. People who aim to keep people of different sexual orientations down are losing their battles. In the coming years we will see the same thing for mental illness. Fight us all you want but you will lose. We will not keep silent anymore. We are not going away.