Hi! I'm Brandon
I'm The Mind Behind
Thinking Mans Thoughts
Welcome to Thinking Mans Thoughts. My name is Brandon Dankner and this is just a little something about me.
I've always enjoyed writing ever since I was a kid, along with my first-hand background of dealing with mental health I decided to combine two concepts that I'm passionate about and begin this journey.
I can' t promise to help anyone as I am not a professional but I will try my best to educate and help where and how I can. This is not just about me it is about us. Whether you've ever felt sad for a day, a decade or know someone who has, this may be a place for you
As for me, I was diagnosed as a gifted child (it's not as special as it sounds and I'm sure I will cover this on its own in a post) I would best describe myself as a witty, dark-humored facetious man. I am very loving and caring but can also be cold and stubborn. I'm not perfect nor do I pretend to be but I also try and be the best version of me that I can.
I hope to grow as a person on this journey and I'm sure a few of these points will be touched on in detail.
Whether it be my love of dogs or escaping with shows, video games or music. I try my best to fill my days with any positivity I find. Love for cooking, sports, scarves or being cozy in general I try and help myself anyway I can. Life is shit enough on its own I try my best not to fuel the flame. I'm still not very good at that
We Are Not
Music, TV, movies and video games have always been huge in my life. Ever since a young age I've used these platforms as an 'escape' they have been my out from the real world. Music and video games primarily have been an enormous part of my life. I'm not sure where I would have turned to or where I would be without these forms of media.
Whether it be playing Counter-Strike, watching Saving Private Ryan listening to KoL or simply browsing YouTube and finding artists such as Reigan Derry (who I know consider a friend) all these platforms of media give me a sense of belonging in one way or another. I can sit here and name off shows and people forever but it's fair to say media holds a big place in my heart.
I often find I connect best to a random tv episode or a special song.
When feeling down 24/7 the very least you can do for yourself is just loving yourself. (I know its easier said than done I'm terrible at it) For me, that love comes in the form of comfort.
Something as real and alive as my beautiful Pomsky Blue to taking a nice bath or getting cozy with a scarf and sweats. Learning new recipes and experimenting in the kitchen. Find something you enjoy or that brings you joy because every little bit counts.
As mentioned I own a dog and she is my world I can't imagine a life anymore where she wasn't by my side. I've never been truly able to pinpoint why I love scarves and just being warm and cozy so much. I've been told it's a protection thing but regardless of what it is it feels right and I'm not ashamed of that anymore. Cooking has given me a sort of challenge and freedom that I relish
Anything that can make my day even 0.0001% better is a win.
Just like media, sports have always been a way to mentally stimulate me or just aid in escaping my own brain.
From watching to playing I will always consider myself an athlete, I Iove competing and I love to win.
From my off and on relationship with hockey, my everlasting love for soccer. Sports have always been something I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to partake in.
Track and Field growing up, complaining about swimming lessons to tennis and golf with friends, yoga out west or the ups and downs of fantasy football every Sunday, I think it's safe to say sports have a large role in my life that has allowed me to meet people whom I hope can be lifelong friends and has felt right ever since I was young.
I hope to continue to play sports as I get older.
Reach Out Get Help. Suicide Hotlines are there to help not judge. I can't put all #'s so check which is available in your region.
American National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
Samaritans UK: 116 123
As mentioned these are only some available. You never know when a simple phone call can save your life.