ink + sky is a place for me to figure things out. It is a location where I can combine writing, photography, and design to gain a greater understanding of how I function and how I fit into the universe. As an introvert and a thinker — my Myers Briggs type is INTJ — I spend many hours inside my head each day. Sometimes that space gets overcrowded and noisy; this platform provides an outlet.
After several months of experimenting with the site, I decided to share ink + sky as a way to make public what I have kept hidden. (My blog began with The Ranch Hand.) A former high-school English teacher, I started journaling about my struggles with mental health issues at the age of 16. I never stopped writing. For over 28 years I have used journaling to help me navigate the challenges of the present — and to envision what might be possible.
Hopefully ink + sky can inspire a conversation about mental health and mental illness, and help confront the stigmas that limit public discourse related to depression and anxiety disorders — especially among boys and men. The silence surrounding these subjects must be lifted. Too many people are quietly struggling with these and other issues, yet their public selves often yield no sign of this fact. As a result, relief remains elusive.
By telling my story, maybe I can encourage others to feel less fearful and ashamed about sharing their own. That sharing can start with a piece of paper. Writing aids me when I am ailing, and supports me when I am soaring. Perhaps the pen can do the same for you. Please consider giving it a try. See my Getting Started page for a few tips.
I believe that we are all capable of more than we imagine.
Note — The header photograph was obtained from Unsplash.com.