As I launch into my new business Social Structure Marketing and cross my name with my husband’s name and the business name, it occurs to me that my blogging activity will more than likely cause problems for our business. I could try to find a way around this – go underground with my blog, use a pseudonym for blogging, or new social media accounts, but that would completely undermine the point of Begin Anew.
Mental Illness does not make me incapable of contributing to the world and it does not reflect poorly on my husband. If anything, the fact that we are in a loving, stable relationship shows his devotion, commitment, responsibility, and integrity.
In a book of short stories called Hidden Lives: Coming Out on Mental Illness, Jill Sadowsky writes, “We turned to friends and family for support, but it appeared that although we knew Doron was ill, to most of the world he was crazy, undeserving of much attention. Our thirteen-year-old daughter summed it up: ‘If Doron’s body were hurting, people would send gifts, but because it is his mind, they throw bricks.'” (from “The Last Call”)
The point is, now that we seek to build a business, we will not hide away my problems. People with mental illness are all around you, they manage your portfolio, teach your children, fix your car, do your taxes, clean your houses, design your websites, and manage your social media presence. Being in business does not rid me of depression or anxiety and we will not pretend that it does.