I’ve always loved books for the shear entertainment value. The chance to escape the mundane and find yourself swept away to places and situations both foreign and relatable has always been attractive to me. I know it is for many.
Over the years I’ve started to view books a little differently. In addition to the entertainment and education they offer, I began to discover that books gave me the chance to step into the personal experiences of people incredibly different from myself. With a book, I’m given a front-row seat to the inner-workings of others, people of a different age, race, gender, socioeconomic status. These books will never be able to provide me with the totality of another individual’s felt experience. Nothing can. But they have provided me with a spark of the ability to relate and empathize with others, and for that, I’m grateful.
It’s in this spirit that Uncharted Chapter, once only a personal blog where I’d share my thoughts and opinions on a variety of issues related to mental health, will be used as the homebase for a new podcast.
As a podcast, Uncharted Chapter will aim to give everyone their own front-row seat to the experience of those living with a mental illness. By enhancing narratives through immersive audio, it’s my hope that you’ll discover in some small way what these experiences are actually like. Stigma is the result of a lack of empathy and understanding, and my goal with this podcast is to produce a little of both.
Starting today, I’m planning to release new episodes once every two weeks. The first five episodes will focus on my own experience, and thereafter, on the experience of others. It’s my attempt at setting the tone of the show and buying enough time to hear from people who might be interested in sharing their own story.
If you were a fan of the old blog, no worries, I’m finding another place for that to live. In the meantime, please take the chance to check it out.