- Ashley Smith
- Atlanta, Georgia, United States
- If you do not remember anything about my story, remember this, I had to go to jail and to the state hospital for five months to learn about my schizophrenia, in spite of this experience God tuned my situation from bad to good. Out of my issues came about my joy and passion to work in the mental health field- leading by example, supporting peers, and sharing with the world that schizophrenia can be managed with proper treatment and support- I am proof! I believe you can be too.. I encourage you to read my blog to discover how I am coping with this illness.
Thursday, August 15, 2013
My Version of Hope- A Poem
My fingers were itching to share more about my experience on managing mental illness, to write and to share my thoughts, my therapy. I let my mind wonder and started writing a poem. I don't have a lot of experience writing poems but I ventured off into another form of expression. Below is the poem I wrote:
My Version of Hope
by Ashley Smith
I feel a better me is yet to come,
No more naive decisions that make me feel dumb.
Limitless opportunities are on the way,
I believe I know what I want and how not to stray.
I see myself as the individual I long to be- free, confident, and classy,
My experiences cannot stop me,
Not schizophrenia and depression nor anxiety.
Because ingrained in me is an overcomer of adversity.
Now I understand how to strive in my recovery,
But I cannot take all the credit when it took a caring party.
I give thanks to my treatment team, family and peers,
Including those online that opened up about their fears.
And I will never overlook my miracle from above,
Forever recovering and living a life I am proud of.
My faith keeps me going as did my mom.
And now that she is gone, for others, I will remain strong.
Within my spirit hope shed its light,
Now I aspire to share the fight.
Join me as I dare to put myself out there,
And overcome the stigma that we bear.
Hold them accountable,
Oh yes, for the lies and propaganda that so freely is told,
Together we can contribute to the solution,
I urge you, to continue to speak, write, and demolish the confusion.