Welcome to Trust Difficult Roads!

Oh no, here we go again, another girl making blog posts! How basic.

I know this is a typical response people give when they see someone starting their own blog, and honestly, I understand it, because that’s how I used to feel about it. Blogging is one of those things that only seems to increase in volume with time and with more internet access. People blog for all kinds of reasons, like to share fashion advice or to simply share their two cents with the world. The purpose for each blog is different and can be for a variety of reasons, including to: educate, share, advise, assist, or any number of other reasons. My blogs purpose is both to educate and advise.

Now, when I say that, I don’t mean that I’m going to teach you all how to write an essay or how to DIY your own place mats or something like that (though I know there are blogs out there that could teach you both of those things if you so desire). Recently I have felt called to educate people about something that doesn’t get talked about nearly enough by our community: mental health.

To some of you it sounds like I just said profanity, which is actually the problem. Mental health is one of those touchy issues we dance around, try to advocate for occasionally, but mainly we just ignore it. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of organizations and people who deeply care for this issue, and for those I applaud, but for most of us we usually don’t pay much attention to it, myself included. Sadly, society has stigmatized mental health and those who suffer from it. We could all benefit from a better understanding of mental health, and more specifically, mental illness. People who suffer from mental illness often feel as if they don’t have anyone who understands them, but if we just took some time to learn, we can help these people a lot better than we are now.

You may be thinking that this is a very random topic and are wondering why I have decided to write about it. You’re right, this is relatively random, just not for me. I’ve been obsessed with the brain and learning how it functions, what its roles are, and why it behaves the way it does for years. Cognitive science and neurological studies have always fascinated me. Over the last few months I have done extensive research to learn about mental illnesses and, as a result, I have become extremely passionate about its advocacy. I feel the need of our community to better understand this subject, and I feel called to share the extensive knowledge I posses on the issue. If I can help just one person understand mental illness/health better, or help one person with a mental illness to realize they are not alone, then I will be satisfied. However, as much as I care about mental health, I also want to advocate for other areas of my life.

Anyone that truly knows me knows I am a Christian. Because of this, my outlook on the world is a bit different than perhaps a majority of the world perceives it. Because being a follower of Jesus is so important to me, I also plan on writing about Christianity and, through that, hopefully advise and inspire some of you in your own walk with Him (or start a walk with Him if you haven’t!). While some of my posts may be solely about Christianity or about mental health, many of them will be combinations of both, especially because I see mental illness/health through the lens of Christianity and how God can use you through that and can make those sorrows into joys.

Again, I know this seems like a very random and specific kind of blog, but it is so dear to my heart I feel compelled to share it regardless. I sincerely hope each of you will take some time out of your busy schedules to walk through this with me, and I hope that you each can learn something new through this blog that can help you in life! I can’t wait to share with you!!

With love,
Maddie

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