Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Comments by Melissa Toni

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  • I am grateful for all the feedback here, so thank you to everyone! I am soaking it all in, learning from the negative, and feeling inspired by the positive. I’m also so happy to have found this community of driven people who are set on making a difference.

    I really appreciate the constructive feedback on how to improve projects like these and create more effective ripples of change. If anyone has any ideas, please feel free to share!

  • Johnchristine, I also realize that my previous comment to you could have come across as condescending, and so I just want to add that by no means did I mean it to sound that way. My favorite band has always been Papa Roach (everyone is free to make fun of me for this—I’m no stranger to being judged for my taste in music) because they taught me how to channel my anger into passion. Two of my favorite songs by them are “Warriors” and “Face Everything and Rise”. If their sound isn’t for you, I suggest at least checking out the lyrics. I’d also love to know your favorite band and what music helps you.

  • That’s an awesome idea!! Also, thank you for mentioning the Inner Compass Initiative. I had never heard of them before. I am excited to know there are so many people working to get beyond psychiatry and get to a place of common humanity. I will continue to open others’ eyes as you all have done for me. Thank you again!

  • Hi johnchristine, I hear your anger and I love it because I know from personal experience, you can turn that anger into passion. The world isn’t going to change for the better without people getting fired up and channeling that fire into real, positive ways of improving the lives of all people. You can take your anger out on people like me, who are doing their best with the resources they have to brighten a very dark world, or you can take your anger and turn it into fierce passion.

  • Hi Bradford, I hear you loud and clear, but everything I do is genuine and comes straight from my heart and from the trauma I too have faced. I used to be a very angry and hurt person, but I’ve learned to take my pain and use it as fuel and motivation to do something good instead. I don’t judge you for your anger or your suspicions. I also don’t pretend to know what you’ve gone through. You are entitled to your emotions as well as your opinion, and I fully respect that.

  • I would LOVE to see your artwork! I actually had a similar experience where I made several deep, dark, and honest music videos related to past pain and received judgment because of them. I believe all creative outlets are healthy and beautiful. If we don’t express our feelings through art and positive actions, they end up festering inside of us or exploding out in damaging ways.

    Let me know where I can view your art, or if the pieces aren’t up online, feel free to send them to me. My email is on my website.

  • John, you are an incredible writer. You capture the horror within the hospitals perfectly, especially the complex feeling of being tortured while watching family members passively stand by. Anger post-hospital is one of the hardest emotions to deal with, and it’s comforting to know that I am far from alone in struggling with this. I LOVE the ending to your piece! I am a huge believer in turning anger into passion and positivity for the world, and it sounds like you are too! Please keep writing and keep sharing your stories. Feel free to connect with me and my movement of positivity as well. The more we work together, the more we can accomplish.