Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Depression - The Hand Around Your Ankle - (Repost).

I've often been asked 'what is depression like'?

Usually I would describe it like a hole that you can't quite get yourself out of but I think, maybe this might explain it a little better.

It's like you're in water and everyone else is swimming happily around you but someone, (or something) has hold of your ankle and you're being pulled under,even though you fight with everything you've got not to.

The harder you fight, the more desperate and tired you get.

You know you should be swimming happily too - like other people are, and you feel so guilty that you can't get away, so you find yourself flapping your arms around and pretending to be like them.

You don't want the people you love to look over and see you drowning, but you can't break free of the hand that's pulling you under.

Over time it becomes a battle of wills.

If you can just keep your head above water a little bit longer, then the hand around your ankle will get tired before you do, and gradually loosen the grip...

it isn't simple and maybe I over simplify things a bit here.

There are times even when you've begun the 'swim' back, and the hand will feel like it's going to grab you again, but you can keep your head above water. You know you can.

When people have almost drowned, they often describe a surge of superhuman strength that stopped them going under the water.

It's not easy when you're so tired that you can't see tomorrow, and you're so sick of feeling pain, that you just want it to stop.

That's when you need to find it, most. Try to tread water and keep your head up for five more minutes, one more hour, or one more day, even.

In time that hand around your ankle will loosen.

Depression is an illness and you should never forget that. It is not your fault that you've found yourself here. It's perfectly OK to ask for help, because everybody needs help sometimes. It's nothing to be ashamed of, I promise.

Just try to keep swimming.

You are not alone.


Wednesday, 6 December 2017

"It's Christmas"! -(Poem)

"It's Christmas"!
They shout.
"Care for the homeless.
Keep the lonely company"!
But where are they
The rest of the year?
Do they think the problems end here?

"It's Christmas"!
They shout.
All peace and love,
"Goodwill to all men",
So that stops in January, then?

"It's Christmas"!
They shout,
"Don't be greedy!
Share our time,
Help the needy"!

Someone with nothing,
They'll gather around her.
Come New Year,
She's "another 'Scrounger"!

It's all fakery
And blatant hypocrisy,
If you don't stick around,
To fight harmful policy!

"It's Christmas"!
They shout.
Well it doesn't need to be.
All it takes is a little empathy.







(Pic via Pinterest)

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Halloween Horror! (Mini poem)

Black cats,
And witches brew.
May lost a broomstick
And had to buy new!

Halloween sucks!
A commercial farce
You'd be of more use,
Kicking Tory arse!

Thier policies cause death,
Destruction and pain,
Darkness and evil
In power again.

Black cats
And witches brew.
Hope has to win,
Or they come for you!

Pic -via Pinterest


Wednesday, 4 October 2017

You'll Find Me. (Mini Poem -For Book Stuff)

This is about being free,
And always about the words,
You see.

It is to focus
On what I CAN do,
And the things I need
to say to you.

It is positivity
And being proud.
Saying what I have to,

Mix activism,
With love.
Add creativity
And what you'll find,
Is me.


Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Jacob Rees Mogg -The Hateful Truth

Regular readers will know I have battled my local MP(Jacob Rees-Mogg)over Tory Welfare 'Reform'(and other austerity policies)since 2010.

These policies are known to harm and kill(in thousands) people with disability and illness.How does this fit with his view that life is 'sacrosanct', I wonder?!

Despite best efforts of many to raise awareness of his horrifying voting record(which you can see below), - he was re-elected, and now he's tipped as a potential Tory leader!


It seems that nothing can dent him, as people prefer to see his 'eccentric' personality rather than the reality of his voting record, and the hate he supports.

I am hoping that the clip I attach of an interview Mr Rees-Mogg gave to'Good Morning Britain', will finally help people see what this man is really like.

In it he stated his view that abortion shouldn't be allowed in any circumstance. Even those where a woman has been a victim of rape or incest! Such views are abhorrent and should be treated as such.

He also admitted (in the same interview), what many already know - that he does not support gay rights and equality.

As a constituent, (person with a disability, and long time campaigner) I am ashamed that this man (apparently) represents people in my area, and I hereby tell him, your views do NOT represent me!

I am also terrified by the possibility that he will climb the rungs of the Conservative Party. He has voted in favour of Social Security caps and cuts which have destroyed (and ended)countless lives.

He is even against the process that would assess their true impact!

With all these things, as well as this latest interview, I worry that views like his will increasingly become the norm.

Please, please, do not allow this to happen!


(Hoping links are clickable in this post. Blog format playing up)!

Thursday, 15 June 2017

IF 'Austerity is Over'... (A Very Mini Blog)

Not that I believe a word Theresa May says,(and it has since been disagreed with by other ministers) but I will say this:

IF 'Austerity is over', we will have our apology now, please!

An apology for every life that has been lost or destroyed.

An apology for every moment of fear and anxiety we have suffered.

An apology for every lie and doctored figure, (uttered and written) to justify cruelty!

An apology for every instance of hate crime and verbal abuse caused by 'scrounger' rhetoric!

It still would NEVER be enough.

Did they cut the 'deficit'? No. They added to it.

Did they achieve any of the goals they told us were 'necessary' ?


It seems it was all for nothing and didn't NEED to happen, but didn't we know that anyway?!


Sunday, 28 May 2017

Fairytale Enemies... (Poem).

"I won't eat you, I promise" Said the wolf
With a smile of sharp white teeth.
She eyed him doubtfully,
For there were signs of drool beneath!

"I won't eat you, I promise",
he said again,
"Let's put the past behind us, and be friends"!

Miss Riding Hood thought,
'This might be good',
But Grandmother told her,
She never should.

"I'll never eat you, I promise,
Your bones will be too crunchy for me.
These days I prefer something juicy,for my tea".

"I don't believe you,
For you tell lies.
I know that ominous twinkle in your eye".

"Oh well..." Said the wolf,
"I will eat these chocolate bars.
I might have shared them,
If we'd gotten that far".

Chocolate, you say.
What type is it?
Tell me, pray"!

"It has cream and caramel,
With chocolate chips.
It would taste good, wouldn't it,
On your lips"?

Thinking for a second,
She stayed where she stood,
Just as Grandma had said she should.

'But a chocolate bar' she thought,
'I could just have one!
If things get out of hand,
I can always run'.

"OK, I agree,"
replied the Hood,
"After all, you did promise,
That you wouldn't eat me".

Holding out a hand,
Hood stepped nearer,
And the wily wolf,
Could see much clearer.

He gave her a bar,
While extending his claws,
Poor Hood forget everything,
She'd been taught before.

She turned her back,
And took another bite,
Suddenly sunlight turned to night.

Poor gullible Hood,
Gave a terrified cry,
And in her last moments,
She asked him why?

"Because wolves are wolves,
And my instinct is true.
I guess I would always eat you."

Fairytale enemies,
Can never be friends,
And Hood was never seen again.

(Image by ~Artylay on deviantART)