Archive | September, 2012

WTF? Another self-help blog?

27 Sep

So I’ve had some rough times and I see a shrink.  Why do I need to write a blog?  Why does the world needs one more self-help blog or one more diary of a self-proclaimed recovering addict with a weird childhood, to add to the millions that are already out there?  A few reasons:

1) The message isn’t getting through – Benjamin Franklin once said (in frustration I imagine) insanity is “doing the same thing over and over again, expecting a different outcome.”   By this measure all of humanity is certifiably insane, but crazy people are particularly prone.   One thing that stands out among all the crazy people I’ve met  is how much their own stories – of decline and recovery – so closely mirror my own. Why do we put ourselves through such pain just to learn a lesson that so many have learned (and probably told us) before?

2) I’ve earned it – Sure I’ve made mistakes, burned bridges and dropped off the radar with old friends.  I’ll even agree that I’m chiefly to blame for my own mental health woes.  But none of this takes away from the pain I’ve been through and burdens I’ve carried with me over the years, and if that’s earned me anything I think it’s a voice.

3)  I’m not supposed to be here – I know what you’re thinking, that everyone’s innocent in jail.  But I really wasn’t supposed to be end up crazy.  My dad’s crazy, but I made it out of childhood unscathed.  I went to a private school and a good university, and I always did well.  I was a dot-com millionaire before I turned 30, by then accustomed to working with CEOs twice my age, billing myself out for $200+/hr,  and usually being the youngest person in the room.

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