It is important to realise that all carry our own, personal truths. Some are completely ordinary and are just part of who we are – our personalities, our mannerisms, our beliefs. However, sometimes, we start to worry about those truths.
What people think of us occupies a huge chunk of us and defines our self confidence, so fearing what people will think of us when we reveal our ‘true’ selves can be far more damaging than you’d ever believe. We convince ourselves that the smallest, most insignificant thing might upset friendships and relationships between ourselves and others and, often avoidably, we force ourselves to completely change who we are to get along with others. The repression manifests itself as stress and fear which, in turn, magnifies the burden we must hold back. Continue reading “Truth Grenades” »
Since 1988, the World AIDS Day is held on December 1 every year. It is an international day to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS around the world. On this day, besides raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection, memorials are held to honor persons who have died from HIV/AIDS. Government and health officials also observe the event, often with speeches or forums on the AIDS topics. Since 1995, the President of the United States has made an official proclamation on World AIDS Day. Governments of other nations have followed suit and issued similar announcements. Continue reading “World AIDS Day” »
If you have kept an ear out on social media this week, you might know that this week, from December 1st to the 7th. This worldwide event, organised by the charity Crohns and Colitis UK, aims to raise money and awareness for the thousands of people who suffer these chronic illnesses. Continue reading “Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week” »
I started self-harming at 17 years of age, people probably don’t understand why someone would want to inflict pain on themselves. Feeling pain was the only way I could get through certain situations and emotions. Continue reading “Can I Take My Shirt Off?” »