Joshua S Taylor

is creating Poetry and Prose focusing on Mental Health

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As someone who has suffered from mental health issues his whole life, I found writing was my escape (apart from heavy drinking and hard drugs).

I hope you realised that part of what I just said was a joke. Moving on, as I wrote and wrote, all for the benefit of myself, I found myself thinking, I wonder if I was the only person to feel these things? I mean, merely leaving the house can be problematic for so many out there. So my motivation to create more and more is two-fold, firstly, I hope my writing is relatable and makes fellow sufferers know they are not alone! Second, even if it isn't relatable, hopefully it offers people a form of escape and enjoyment, of which is hard to find in these confusing and troubling times.

More specifically, I hope to show that people who suffer from crippling anxiety are incredibly brave. I also hope to highlight to other sufferers that there is no need to be ashamed of mental health conditions, that you are not abnormal to feel anxious or sad, and it is ok to talk and write about it. In fact it does wonders for your self esteem. It can make you feel like you belong within a community that doesn't judge you. I hope to create my own little community, full of people who talk and discuss and feel connected with each other. This is ever so important in a society where young men (but not limited to) seem to be lacking role models, and therefore, they don't know where they fit into society. Are we to 'man-up' or 'talk'? Are we subservient or dominant? We need a new standard for men in society, a new outlook, a new purpose. I hope to use my writing to allow for young men (not limited to) to accept that they can be whoever they want to be, and there is no societal expectation of them any longer. With a backdrop of many thousands of young men taking their lives annually, I think this is of paramount importance. Indeed, I have had my own suicidal thoughts (to quote Biggie Smalls) in the past. Literature saved me.

Certain themes you will find in my work are people judging you, forgiveness, redemption, love and my favourite, capitalism impressing you with things you don't need. The latter being at the expense of things you do need, such as genuine connection with other loving human beings.

Finally, a brief overview of Josh! - I am a law graduate from University College London. I found that the law wasn't quite for me and that my true contentment comes from all forms of art, especially literature. It's my salvation in a lot of ways, and helps me feel like I belong to something much larger than myself. It is almost a religion to me - writing, reading and listening.

I know life is full of possibilities and I can't wait to quench my thirst on them!! I look forward to my next adventure. I hope you can support me, and I hope I can introduce you to a portal of unexpected joy! 
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Helping me out
$1 or more per month
Every little helps, but if you wish to read my work without donating, I don't mind either
Joshoholics
$5 or more per month
When you just can't get enough of Josh - Extra handwritten drafts of past and present prose and poetry! First drafts of all unseen prose and poetry! Personal video message from me to you! Guys I'm the next big thing, don't miss the train here! Pah!
As someone who has suffered from mental health issues his whole life, I found writing was my escape (apart from heavy drinking and hard drugs).

I hope you realised that part of what I just said was a joke. Moving on, as I wrote and wrote, all for the benefit of myself, I found myself thinking, I wonder if I was the only person to feel these things? I mean, merely leaving the house can be problematic for so many out there. So my motivation to create more and more is two-fold, firstly, I hope my writing is relatable and makes fellow sufferers know they are not alone! Second, even if it isn't relatable, hopefully it offers people a form of escape and enjoyment, of which is hard to find in these confusing and troubling times.

More specifically, I hope to show that people who suffer from crippling anxiety are incredibly brave. I also hope to highlight to other sufferers that there is no need to be ashamed of mental health conditions, that you are not abnormal to feel anxious or sad, and it is ok to talk and write about it. In fact it does wonders for your self esteem. It can make you feel like you belong within a community that doesn't judge you. I hope to create my own little community, full of people who talk and discuss and feel connected with each other. This is ever so important in a society where young men (but not limited to) seem to be lacking role models, and therefore, they don't know where they fit into society. Are we to 'man-up' or 'talk'? Are we subservient or dominant? We need a new standard for men in society, a new outlook, a new purpose. I hope to use my writing to allow for young men (not limited to) to accept that they can be whoever they want to be, and there is no societal expectation of them any longer. With a backdrop of many thousands of young men taking their lives annually, I think this is of paramount importance. Indeed, I have had my own suicidal thoughts (to quote Biggie Smalls) in the past. Literature saved me.

Certain themes you will find in my work are people judging you, forgiveness, redemption, love and my favourite, capitalism impressing you with things you don't need. The latter being at the expense of things you do need, such as genuine connection with other loving human beings.

Finally, a brief overview of Josh! - I am a law graduate from University College London. I found that the law wasn't quite for me and that my true contentment comes from all forms of art, especially literature. It's my salvation in a lot of ways, and helps me feel like I belong to something much larger than myself. It is almost a religion to me - writing, reading and listening.

I know life is full of possibilities and I can't wait to quench my thirst on them!! I look forward to my next adventure. I hope you can support me, and I hope I can introduce you to a portal of unexpected joy! 

Recent posts by Joshua S Taylor

Tiers
Helping me out
$1 or more per month
Every little helps, but if you wish to read my work without donating, I don't mind either
Joshoholics
$5 or more per month
When you just can't get enough of Josh - Extra handwritten drafts of past and present prose and poetry! First drafts of all unseen prose and poetry! Personal video message from me to you! Guys I'm the next big thing, don't miss the train here! Pah!