Hello my friends and welcome back. I hope everyone had a wonderful thanksgiving (if you celebrate that) and if not, I hope you have had a good time since the last time I have made a post. I know it has been awhile, but life has been crazy (in the best way possible). Today I am going to talk about something that has consumed a lot of my life the past few years. Mental health. It’s something we all know needs to have more attention, and we’re getting there, but we’re still not there
The lives of frequent travelers are often admired as a glamorous endaveor that people only wish that they could experience. However, I am here to tell you that it is not all that glamorous… in fact, I would say it’s far from it. Don’t get me wrong, it is an amazing time and the most incredible experience I have ever had, but there are bad times too. Times of tears, loneliness, terror, anxiety, and anger. So many of us are experiencing mental health issues or have perviously been through some rough stuff in regards to our mental health. Traveling is one way that I’ve worked through a lot of my own personal mental health struggle and I see others doing the same. Most of us are only posting what we think you want to see, the gorgeous landscaping or us smiling in front of a famous sight. We’re sharing our current travel stories about what we’re doing, who we’re meeting or seeing, and current stories. Only a few of us are truly sharing what our travels are doing to our mental health and how it helps us heal. And that is what I want to start focusing more on, mental health journeys.
Mental health issues are something so many people (avid travelers or not) have issues with, but it is not discussed nearly enough. We say “think positive” or “it will get better”, but we never really discuss the root of the problem as a society, only in private conversations or in therapy. I am not saying we need to share our traumas with the world, but acknowledging that life is hard, especially mental health, could be so beneficial. That is why I want to make mental health a new focus of this blog. I hope it gets a discussion going with everyone about the topic of mental health and how we can be health and support one another along the way.
I want to add that this blog is still (and every blog always should be) a work in progress, so thank you for growing with me and this blog.