Work In Progress
Updated: Feb 3
Sometimes in life, we all have to wade through the crap, in order to get to the roses said crap has fertilized. This is one of many truths taught to me growing up with a mentally ill father. No, life isn’t always beautiful and it’s certainly not fair. But, if I can share some of what I learned with others, isn’t it worth the trouble of throwing on a pair of waders?
I have been wanting to write this story for years but had to wait till I was mentally ready. Till I had some time and therapy behind me in order to be capable of telling it in order to both benefit myself and others.
We have this habit in the US, of seeing certain classes of people as throw-away. We label them so we can spend the rest of their lives ignoring them. But we are all more than the sum of our parts. More than the collection of labels we wear. And we can all learn something from seemingly unlikely sources. To point, I learned some lessons from a schizophrenic mechanic that could have been taught by some of the world’s great sages.
This isn’t just my story. This is the story of my father; the story of an army mechanic. The story of a family who struggled together through the ups and downs of a disease that took away all the “might-have-beens” and left a trail of destruction and confusion in its wake.
I will be querying this story to agents soon. I hope to announce when it will be hitting shelves. In the meantime, I am always here to speak on my experiences and advocate for mental health awareness in America.
Thank you for your time and consideration. Below you will find the chapter topics and quotes that inspired them:
Chapter 1: What is Schizophrenia
Chapter 2: Question Everything
True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing. And in knowing that you know nothing, that makes you the smartest of all. -Socrates
Chapter 3: Love is unconditional
But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you." - Jesus of Nazareth
Chapter 4: Failure to Adapt is Failure to Survive
“A moral being is one who is capable of reflecting on his past actions and their motives – of approving of some and disapproving of others.”- Charles Darwin
Chapter 5: Words are Powerful
"Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless." -Mother Teresa
Chapter 6: You can’t change anything but yourself
“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.” -Viktor Frankl
Chapter 7: Shame and fear are life’s great monsters
Fear, uncertainty and discomfort are your compasses toward growth. If you run you stand a chance of losing, but if you don't run you've already lost."- Barack Obama
Chapter 8: Be aware of others
'We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak."- Epictetus
Chapter 9:Speak up for yourself
"Develop the strength to do bold things, not the strength to suffer." - Niccolo Machiavelli
Chapter 10: People need people
“The person who tries to live alone will not succeed as a human being. His heart withers if it does not answer another heart. His mind shrinks away if he hears only the echoes of his own thoughts and finds no other inspiration. ”- Pearl S. Buck
Chapter 11: Be Thankful
“This a wonderful day. I’ve never seen this one before.” —Maya Angelou