I was reckless far too often, mostly due to naivety and gullibility rather than due to any wilfully neglectful action on my part. It’s sad to think that we live in a time when trusting too much is considered being gullible rather than being sincere and optimistic. Then again, maybe that’s why some think I’m insane. Seriously, who could possibly find a good reason to trust first and question later these days? Ok, I admit, I do. Not for any reason other than the fact that I will not contaminate my judgement or my values because of the dishonest and deceitful actions of others. No matter how much it hurts or destroys parts of my life that I love dearly, I refuse to give in…and I pray that I never will become so weak and despicable that I do give in from fatigue.

Excerpt from Ramblings of a Madman

(the book I never wrote, but should have)

Zaid Ismail

Author, life coach, and mental health activist. We need to change the narrative from disorders, illnesses, and survival to accountability, understanding, and thriving.

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