Without looking at statistics, I know that mental health is a serious issue today. Within my circle of friends, family and acquaintances, it is a common problem and something I have noticed being talked about amongst us more and more. The question often asked is, “What am I doing with my life and what have I actually achieved?” I do wonder whether having such access to the filtered lives of others plays a huge part in this feeling of failure and inadequacy (among many other things). I am sure there are a wide range of reasons which may cause people to suffer from mental health problems, but this is the one I am most familiar with.
One of my main Characters is Louie Shaw and his love in life is music. He wants to be a musician and he has unbelievable talent, but others use him as a step up and surpass him, though they are nowhere near as good. This feeling of failure and watching others succeed brings with it a downward spiral. What starts out as feelings of failure ends up filtering its way into every aspect of his life like a poison, from hangups about his physical appearance to relationships. The way he views the world changes and any beauty he once saw starts to fade away.
Through it all he smiles and it’s one that’s spoken about among the other characters as it brightens up their day. Yet, his light is slowly diminishing.
We are losing far too many people before their time to this and I felt it an important topic to address in my latest book.
Anybody else addressed this topic in their work? I would love to hear from you.