We’ve done well so far, right? Right??
This is so me. Sometimes I feel like my cat is better at handling responsibility than I am.
I’ve had so many crappy reactions to talking about my mental illness. It’s a lot easier to avoid the subject, because so many people will get into my business and try to tell me what I’m like and what I should do. I know that it’s really important to be out so that people have a real life example and lose their biases, but in reality that’s not how it works.
In real life, if someone thinks something horrible about mentally ill people and then finds out that I am mentally ill they will make excuses. Either I’m not really mentally ill and I’m just a victim of the medical companies trying to shill pills to me, or I have been lying to them and they’re now terrified of me because I’m crazy and I’ve managed to hide it all this time. It’s really rare that I have a friend who has ableist opinions, and when I tell them I have a mental illness they go “Oh, I’m surprised and I guess my ideas about what it means to have a mental illness and need medication are wrong”. Telling someone with bad opinions about mental health that I have a mental illness almost always leads to losing contact with that person.
Humans of Mexico City
“I have a Masters in history, a Masters in anthropology, and a PhD in education.”
“What would you say has been your greatest accomplishment?”
“My personality.” (Mexico City, Mexico)
Humans of New York is in Mexico City as part of a world tour in partnership with the United Nations to raise awareness for the UN’s Millennium Development Goals.
A lot of great stories, like this one from a very well educated and confident señora, are being shared.
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Last words of Kimani Gray, 16, shot 11 times by police after witnesses say Kimani adjusted his waistband.
I always wish that I could switch bodies whenever I want. Being genderqueer isn’t all it’s cracked up to be especially when so many people treat you like you don’t exist. But I will not change who I am. It took me a while to find myself and I am not going to start from the beginning again. I’m a pansexual genderqueer and proud to be me. Submitted by Austin