Just yesterday I picked up a copy of Dawn French’s book which is half diary/journal, half memoir. I didn’t realise until now (I hadn’t yet read that part when I made this video) that her own father had committed suicide when she was 19. It’s amazing that she seems so wise, open and compassionate despite having gone through something so traumatic. I sometimes wonder why I should even have a right to talk about the effects of something like, SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) or feeling ‘a bit low’ in light of someone like this having been through something so much more serious, so debilitating. But I can only speak for myself and the friends of mine who find winter a struggle. We each have our own story, and that’s what Dawn French’s book seems to encourage – telling our own story. And picking out fun bits and silly bits and great people in our lives to highlight for a while, because all of these things feature and count for something.
I’m still reading through more of the book, but for now, here’s a video with a snippet of my first findings as well as me reading one of my poems written when I was feeling a bit downtrodden by winter:
If you’d like to get involved and make a donation to the charity MIND – a mental health support charity in England and Wales, I am collecting donations to send to them as part of this “Beat the January Blues” effort, (as well as donating £1 per print copy sold of my next book – ‘Love Poems for people who don’t like being in love II’ – coming in March -).
I will let you know how much I’ve raised by the beginning of February, and I’ll send MIND the amount I’ve made so far.
If you’d like to also support my work, you can find some suitably lovely rewards for doing so on Patreon here.