My name is Brandon Dankner and this is the start of what I hope is a long endless journey through my knowledge and experiences of mental health that we can ride on together.
Many situations have brought me to where I am today along with what it means to 'live'. From the aphotic to the lustrous my goal is to share and explore the complex world that is our 'brain'. I'm no professional nor do I pretend to be but hopefully you'll join me. If I impact one person or teach one thing to someone, I will deem this endeavor a success.
What I hope to achieve with this blog and discuss is;
Share first hand experiences from my battle with mental illness
Whether it be a story of my own or an opinion I hold. The whole goal is to give insight into my thoughts and point of view on various topics surrounding mental health.
Something I've struggled with my whole life and continue to deal with every single day. Anxiety is something I didn't quite understand until I was older, I never knew what I was feeling. Looking back at it, it seems so obvious. I feel so silly for not noticing the symptoms sooner, but that is just the way it goes sometimes. Hopefully I can try to enlighten on ways I try to combat this demon.
““There are times when explanations, no matter how reasonable, just don't seem to help.” -Fred Rogers
That quote can't feel any more relatable. You feel so helpless. Something that haunts me of every second of every day. One of my main reasons for starting to write growing up, depression has been my shadow ever since I was a kid. I journaled from a young age writing down my emotions but never quite understood why I felt the way I did. Depression to me is the constant battle, for me it does not go away but learning to work around it and combat it is where true strength can be found. I hope we can educate ourselves together and maybe not make depression go away but learn to work around it.
Something I've unfortunately had to encounter first hand in life more than once. Suicide will always be the final-boss. It is the hardest to fight and always has a chance to win. It is what has kept me from starting this blog sooner, being afraid to share my story and be judged or looked at differently. I've learned that there is no such thing as "the right time", so I will be biting the bullet and hopefully my rock bottom moments can turn into knowledge or hope for you lot.
Many of blogs will probably include a quote in the excerpt and at the end to pay homage to one of my favorite shows Criminal Minds. The mind is something no one can fully ever understand. It's so complex and each so very unique.
"Everything you want is on the other side of fear" -George Addair
Please follow me on this journey and share with anyone you may think can benefit from knowing they are not alone. Join me into the thoughts of a thinking man
-Thinking Mans Thoughts
I've created a Patreon for anyone who wants to be my hero and support this journey I'm on. This is not about money and will never be, I plan to blog as long as I have thoughts running through my head. It's very awkward 'asking' for money especially when that is not my goal with Thinking Mans Thoughts.
If you've read all of that and still choose to support me I will forever appreciate it