Sharing is Therapeutic
Sharing things (in this case, online) is a very therapeutic exercise.
When I wrote my rather embarrassing blog post about being diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder (Type I), I was very surprised by the tremendous amount of positive feedback that I got from my audience. I was sharing what is admittedly the most humiliating thing that could possibly happen to me, and I heard back from the mob almost nothing but praise for doing so.
This allowed me to really feel comfortable with both this servere problem that I have, and feel accepted by a community for the whole of who I am, flaws and all.
I've observed that within your greatness weakness, there often lies your greatest strength (the inverse of which is also true).
I think people (at least people like me) should share, in a thoughtful manner, more than they often do.
Essays are an excellent way to share thoughts about things, but taken in the form of a blog post, many topics aren't always appropriate (e.g. "opinion peices") for the medium.
People should experiment with mediums more. Platforms seem to be driving our own experimentation with sharing (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc), when really it should be the other way around — people inherently want to share things about themselves, and they should find the best way to do so for themselves.
This little method I've devised here is quite a good format for me, and I intend, for the moment at least, to keep it. I encourage others to do the same, but in whatever medium suits their minds.
Some of the most expressive people I know simply share photos of their artwork on an occassional basis. That's exposing a lot more than some people realize.
I suppose, that's why I share so much music on SoundCloud as well. They're little snippets into my world and my mood — not so much amazingly produced works of art, but little journal entries about what I'm going through. My Flickr account is likewise the same.
Little windows into a life, shared as a means of therapy.
If anyone has read this, I'd like to thank you for your attention. It's very much valued and appreciated.
Thoughts & Musings: a (Public) Journal
A collection of hand-written essays by Kenneth Reitz.
- A Letter to /r/python.
- My Last Manic Episode.
- The Secret to My Success: Stimulants.
- On Polyamory.
- My Favorite Python Libraries.
- Dinner with a Narcissist.
- Competition and Open Source.
- I Do Lots of Things.
- A Good Hat.
- Working from Home — a Double-Edged Sword.
- iPad as a Main Computer.
- Truest Love.
- Feeling Better & Reflecting on Open Source.
- On Depression, Part I (of many).
- Writing Reasonable Documentation.
- On Psychedelics and Other Drugs.
- Pipe Dream: Making a Game.
- On Traveling and Depression.
- On Depression, Part II.
- A Concise List of Personal Values.
- On Irritability in Open Source.
- Why This isn't a Blog.
- Attempting to Reduce Stimulants Usage.
- The Far Side of Madness.
- On Conferences and Travel.
- Esoteric Interest and Current Bookshelf.
- Back to Work.
- New Project Idea: Environment Variables.
- Self Therapy or Professional & Amphetamines.
- Stuck in a Rut.
- Living With Reasonable Regrets.
- Soul Purpose.
- Switching Cameras (again).
- Three Concise Truths.
- It's About Time....
- The Anxiety of Clout.
- Fellowship at PyCon (upcomming).
- Sharing is Therapeutic.
- Positivity, Coming Soon™.
- First Entry.
- On Open Source and Impactfulness.
- Seeking Inspiration, Somewhere.
- On Inspiration and Tools (like languages).
- On Writing.
- On Writing Music and Emotional Landscape.
- Poetic Expressions.