Without having done any kind of medical research, studying hardly any medical science, or partaking in anything resembling medical school, still, I have an opinion about medicine. Why? Well, because I’m an expert on everything, don’t you know? For example, my hot take on medicine is that, basically, beyond using medications as a temporary crutch to help one “get back on their feet” mentally and emotionally, I do not believe medications should be used. Everything we need to be healthy mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually is already here. It is an intrinsic part of creation. Sunlight, prayer, meditation, exercise, nature, water, plants – it’s all here for us, right here and now. The controversial part of my opinion might be that, ultimately, I think diagnoses such as “bipolar” and “ADHD” are, for the most part, bullshit. I believe there is too much money to be made in a doctor telling somebody that they have something and need to take something for it. Generally, they tell you this whilst making you feel good and comfortable. Something to the effect of, “It’s not your fault that you are the way you are.” Now, maybe it’s not, but many times, it is our fault because we have so blatantly neglected the features that already exist. Of course, there are people with severe mental disorders who need to be on medication for an extended period of time. You won’t find me disputing that; however, by and large, medication is nonsense.. in my stupid opinion.
I detailed this opinion to a friend of mine recently, to which he replied, “and where exactly did you get your medical degree from?” Essentially, he was telling me to shut the hell up because I do not know and cannot prove what I was talking about – that there are people that have studied and researched what I was talking about – that actually do know what they were talking about, and to leave that discourse up to them. He is one hundred percent accurate in what he told me. My opinion is simply an uneducated one, and although I still believe my take on the matter to be close to the truth, maybe I ought to stay in my lane. As a matter of fact, I found myself in a discussion the other day with someone who was diagnosed bipolar, and there I was, feeding my uneducated thoughts to this person. Well, what if I’m fucking wrong and she thinks I’m right!? What have I done!? Yes, I know, reader – I am right, but who cares!? (Just kidding, internet) Seriously, though, who cares? When I share my opinion on something, maybe fifty percent of a particular group agrees with me, and perhaps the other fifty percent does not. If this is the case, what exactly is it that I have done? Have I unified the group, which would be the primary purpose of said group, or have I done exactly the opposite and divided the group in half?
The ”daily reflection” readings that are suggested to people like me to read have been very similar the last two days. Something to the effect of “keep your opinion to yourself; nobody cares what you think.” If I don’t know that what I am talking about or sharing is an indisputable, universal truth or is not a piece of my “story,” then I have no business speaking upon such matters. Better yet, *we* have no business speaking upon such issues, social media users (practically all of us). There are specific aspects or areas of my life where I may have a particular expertise. I should feel free and emboldened to express myself when it comes to those specifics, but I’m not a freaking doctor, lawyer, or politician.
Today, recognize the facets of life in which you are strongest, acknowledge the aspects in which you are weak, and behave according to what you have found.