Light a Fire in Your Mind 

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Mental illness is a sickness. Four million Australians are affected by it or will experience a mental illness during their life-time. The causes of mental illness are varied – it’s not like a tummy bug caused by a known bacterium – ranging from genetic, neurological, culture, life experience, socio-economic or environmental.

For some people visiting a therapist is the answer to help in solving their issues, for others self- analyzation is preferred to attain equilibrium. (Let’s get one thing straight right now; I am not advocating any form of help over another. It’s your life, you choose!)

Creativity helps us to mend. For some creative people writing soothes their soul, for others, it may be painting, illustrating or designing whatever it may be; use this creative ability. Let it become your muse of inspiration and motivation. Let it light a fire in your mind to see the opportunities in your difficulties.

Life and its experience require that we adjust and grow tweaking our personality periodically. By learning to reach outcomes desirable in attaining peace and balance in our lives, we may find the most amazing ideas bubble forth. By developing skills to spark inspiration and creativity we can disable our inner demons. Make them work for us. Isn’t it logical to conclude that, the deeper the emotion, the greater the enjoyment in transforming it into something valuable + meaningful + creative = worthwhile.

Many Authors have experienced mental illness; however their burning creative need enabled them to write remarkable books earning legendary status. F. Scott Fitzgerald once said, “Sometimes I don’t know whether or not Zelda (his wife) and I are real or whether we are characters in one of my novels.” Fitzgerald writes about his wife’s breakdown and about his fight with depression in two books.

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There is no quick fix for this illness but by lighting a fire in your mind you may be able to think more positively and enjoy life more fully. I do.

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In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.

French philosopher, author and journalist Albert Camus

 

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