I’m going to try not to make this into rant-style post, but, here’s what I’ve been thinking…
Now-a-days, it seems as though we are unable to normalise anything. If we have an issue, we don’t just deem it acceptable and move on, we glamorise it – make it “cool” when there’s no need.
Since when did suffering from mental heath issues become a trend? Or being gay for that matter?
We are a generation obsessed with labels. And while they may be appropriate in some situations, I don’t think we should rely on them so heavily in order to define ourselves.
At the end of the day, you can’t merely stick a label on your personality, and it’s your personality that really makes you, you. And that’s all I’m interested in.
I understand people want to celebrate their differences and I’m all for some positivity, just as long as the intention isn’t to portray those differences any better (or any less) than any others. Being gay isn’t any ‘better’ than being straight and being straight isn’t any ‘better’ than being gay.
In response to the title of this, being sad isn’t cool. People with mental illness suffer daily and it can have detrimental affects on their life. Whilst it’s good to be open about these things and let others know they’re not alone and shouldn’t feel ashamed, there’s no need to make them feel they’re better because of it. (Sorry I’ve used the word ‘better’ a lot I just can’t think of a more suitable word). They simply don’t need you to tell them that.
To conclude, I believe you can be kind without understanding someone’s whole story. We should all strive to treat each other appropriately on the basis of personality and character and ignoring the categories we’ve been placed in.
I’d also just like to say that you are entitled to your own opinions and much as I am mine but the intention of this post was not to offend or upset anyone; it was purely to address something I’d been thinking about lately. I do find it difficult to articulate properly when it come to things like this, so I hope I’ve got my feelings across somewhat understandably.
More than any other post I’ve done, I would love to hear your thoughts on this one so feel free to comment below.
Thanks for reading,