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If the pen is mightier than the sword...
Posted by gazg
29th Jan 2016


If the pen is mightier than the sword…

If the pen is mightier than the sword, I have more of a place on paper than anywhere else in the World…

My name is Gaz. I’m nearly 34 years old and I live with mental illness. Each day is a battle for me whether it is fighting against the symptoms of anxiety and depression or trying to process my thoughts and feelings which are governed by a BPD diagnosis.

Until last year I would consider myself a one man army who has, at times, raised the white flag.

I don’t actually remember the defining moment but when I initiated my thoughts to paper something spectacular happened.

I discovered that all along I had allies. These allies have revolutionised how I manage the tough times. My words…

Everyone has this power inside of them. You don’t need to have an extensive vocabulary either.

I started writing. I wrote on scraps of paper, in steamed mirrors post shower, on a computer and finally in the form of blogs.

Someone once told me that in order to write effectively you must write about what you know. I know myself better than anyone and how could I go wrong writing about how I felt? How you think and feel is significant to you and you alone.

When we grow up we lose a sense of miracle and wonder but there truly is something magical about transforming your thoughts into words regardless of whether they are spoken or written.

Writing hasn’t cured my depression or anxiety. Writing has extracted trapped ghosts in my head and lead them through a penlike-portal so that there is room for kinder, logical thoughts.

Depending on what you believe, not everyone can read minds. Most will be able to read words and these are what connect us all together.

By putting pen to paper or fingers to keyboard, I have somehow connected with people on a level that I never thought would be possible in my days of a lone soldier.

Every time someone reads something I’ve written – I feel more understood. I don’t feel alone.

This lesson I have learned about how powerful words are has awoken a desire in me to want to read more and allow other people’s words to turn into questions and thoughts.
To write is to feel. To read is to grow.

I encourage everyone if they have anything that troubles them to grab a pen and write. Don’t think just write. One word. A sentence. Your favourite quote or song. The name of your partner. Write it and look at it and let the magic happen.

Gaz

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