What You Think You Know!
The internet is far removed from reality, the cyber world is just that, another world. It's a place you are able to shape and form an alternative of yourself. You show who you want to be rather than who you really are. We all weave a web to cocoon ourselves from a reality and portray what we think we feel others should know.
We all do it, it's a self preservation system we have built in, more utilise this self preservation than others. It's to protect our private inner sanctity so we surround ourselves with half truths as a shield.
So we think we know, we believe we know who is there on the other side of the keyboard based on what they let us know about them. It's only by taking down the shields of half truths do we liberate ourselves form the constraints we place on ourselves.
I know people's thoughts about me, I know I hear things such as "compassionate" "caring" but I show you that side. The other side you do not see, only those close to me know me for real, my wife Jude knows what it is like to live with a man with mental health issues, how bipolar controls my moods and has to be counter-controlled by medication. Without it I am talked down of bridges or out of a siege. I'm not easy to live with, I know that and it takes a special someone to handle me. I know that but you don't because I have only one real layer I show you. The deeper hidden layers I don't portray here, the dark days where the black dog hunts me down and I turn back on it snarling back, when anger reaches a crisis point during a manic stage. Those you don't see, I chose not to show you, afraid they are shown as a sign of weakness, I'm mentally unstable but I'm not the only one. One in four people suffer, one in four families suffer along with them. So many hide in the shadows too afraid to come out, too afraid to be stigmatised.
Walk out from the shadows and liberate yourself. Take the help that is there, reclaim your life from the black dog and find comfort in those that love you and willing to help.