Portfolio of Hope

This blog started off, in December 2018, 5 months into my admission to a specialist eating disorders inpatient unit, as a sort of diary, a place for me to record my thoughts as I progressed through eating disorder recovery. Now, almost 5 years on, I’m still writing most days, and I genuinely cannot imagine my life without this blog, but, it has changed slightly. I do still write mental health themed posts, as that has been, and continues to be, a big part of my life, but, now I also write about philosophy and spirituality.

In terms of why I write about philosophy, it’s because; philosophy, particularly ideas around where we came from, why we’re here, and where we go when we die, are ideas which we can all relate to- albeit, some of us- those of us who question everything- more than others. I write- not necessarily to answer the questions (we will probably never arrive at the right answers, for, they’re most likely way beyond human comprehension), but to at least get us thinking about them/thinking about the possibilities- so many possibilities- that undoubtedly exist in the vastness of the universe…

I also write so that we can all feel a greater sense of togetherness, because, when I was at my lowest- when I was constantly questioning the point of anything, in a state of existential dread, you could say- I know how alone I felt, and, I don’t want anyone else to feel that way. By trying to encourage people to have some perspective- to realise that we- human beings- are just one species amongst an estimated 8.7 million species of plants and animals in existence- I hope to reinforce the fact that we are all more similar than we are different/more together than we are apart…

Most importantly, though, I write to spread messages of hope for humanity, something which I for one think is so important when we live in a media fuelled world which so often tells us how ‘hopeless’ we. Hearing an alternative message, which I hope my blog delivers to people- makes us all realise that there is still good in the world- so much good- it just gets squashed down and buried under all the heaviness sometimes.

So, for all the reasons described above and more:

to inspire, empower, and incite change
in ourselves,
in each other,
in the world

this is why I write
about philosophy,

to transform hopelessness
into hopefulness

this is why…

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