“We’ve all been sorry, we’ve all been hurt. But how we survive is what makes us who we are.”
- Rise Against
The journey to getting Heads Above The Waves from an idea to a reality hasn’t been an easy one. There’ve been days when all I’ve wanted to do is give up, put my head down and shuffle along with everyone else, in a dead end job and not care. Well, today I’m making the huge leap of leaving my day job and try to make Heads Above The Waves something that I work on full time.
"It’s okay, ‘cause we’ll be fine"
- Promise of Redemption
The thing is…depression is weird. It’s a chemical imbalance and it’s not something you can ever just “snap yourself out of.” It can take anything from realising it’s still light out at 5pm after a particularly long winter to revisiting an album which reminds you of a time when you were happy.
Part of Heads Above The Waves’ plan to raise awareness of self-harm is to sell t-shirts designed by local artists that carry a message of positivity inspired by a lyric or a quote. We had a chat with one of those artists about their design.
I always dreaded getting older. Grey hairs, creaking joints and all the other things that come with age. This year I hit a scary milestone. I turned 30. But as it all happened I realised something, I hit a milestone.
“Why do we fall? So we learn to pick ourselves up”
- Thomas Wayne (Batman’s Dad)
If you’ve been following the blog posts from Heads Above The Waves, you’ll know that a while back, I watched The Bones Brigade documentary, and got all excited about skateboarding again, deciding I was going to be the next Tony Hawk or Rodney Mullen.
Turns out I suck at skateboarding.
I’m going to keep this short and sweet. The song I’m listening to right now is ‘Unknowingly Strong’ by Make Do And Mend, and I think unknowingly strong describes me, and so many people I know. We’re much stronger than we realise or give ourselves credit for sometimes.
I write a lot of my blog posts from my personal experience. I like to think that’s one of the most powerful things about Heads Above The Waves. It’s not some faceless corporation or distant boardroom of suits deciding that self-harm is the hot topic of the month, and we should do something about it. We’re not medical professionals, but we’ve been through a lot of the same things you have, and will do. That’s gotta count for something.
“Your eyes must do some raining if you’re ever gonna grow. But when crying don’t help, and you can’t compose yourself, it’s best to compose a poem.”
- Bright Eyes
So for anyone who’s new here, Heads Above The Waves exists to raise awareness about self-harm and depression, to get people talking openly about it, and to encourage people to find creative and positive ways to deal with everything that life throws your way.