Tonights blog is probably going to turn out to be quite philosophical as I’ve just watched ‘The History Boys’ and am feeling quite mellow. Firstly I implore you to watch the film, as it really is truly fabulous! The quote I heard in it tonight which inspired me to sit and write something was the following:
‘I’m not happy but I’m not unhappy about it’ – Posner (The History Boys; 2006)
I felt there was a parallel here with experiencing mental health problems in the idea that often they can take some time to get over. The issues remain however the individuals ability to perceive them in what may be considered as a ‘better’ way changes. People with depression, for example, often have the condition over a period of time, but their ability deal with their experience and perception of it can change and take a more positive form. They may well not be happy but that unhappiness does not cause them further sadness.
I feel there is also a parallel with the outside perception of mental illness and conditions. On the inside people have something that isn’t always obvious to others. They may not demonstrate an unhappiness about what is happening on the outside so often it can be difficult for people on the outside to complete understand what’s going on. For all intents and purpose they may ‘seem’ completely ‘normal’… whatever normal is.
I’m not really sure what the point is I’m trying to make. I think I just felt a sense of meaning from the quote that seemed to fit with my blog.
Mellow Kate over and out xx