LC’s Mental Health Check-In

So, I won’t lie, son. On the real, I was scrolling through my Facebook News Feed, minding my own business and I came across this post. Basically, Awareness Act published an article back in 2017 about the habits of people with “concealed depression.” Now, it’s no secret that I deal with depression. Shit, I’ve talked about it more than once on this site, man. However, I was still taken aback by how many of the 15 habits applied to me, fam. All in all, I want everyone reading this to see if they also fit the bill, bruh.

Ok, before I continue, I want to list the habits outlined in the article. So, here we go, son:

  1. The are often quite talented and very expressive.
  2. They tend to search for purpose.
  3. Sometimes they make muted cries for help.
  4. They interpret substances differently.
  5. They often have a very involved perception of life and death.
  6. They have strange eating habits.
  7. They have abnormal sleeping habits.
  8. They have abandonment issues usually.
  9. They are professionals at coming up with “cover-up” stories.
  10. They might have habitual remedies.
  11. They are always making efforts to seem happy.
  12. They seek love and acceptance.
  13. They have trouble shutting off their brains.
  14. They hurt when other people hurt.
  15. They always think of the worst-case scenarios.

Now, if I’m being honest, about 11 of those habits apply to me, man. Shit, even when I’m in a “good” space, I still feel the effects of a bunch of these habits, fam. In any case, since I know how my brain operates, I try to be in tune with how I’m feeling, bruh. Real talk, my wife thinks I should still be in therapy right now, son. I mean, even when life is going well, it’s never a bad thing to be proactive about mental health, brethren.

In the end, this post is really for everyone out there. Seriously, how is everybody doing, son? The way I see it, if anything about that article resonates, it’s okay to go see someone, man. Ultimately, we can all benefit from some therapy, fam. Now, I’m not saying that folks need to start taking medication and shit. However, there’s nothing wrong with that either. Frankly, I just want people to take an inventory of themselves and take the necessary steps to be better. At the end of the day, mental health is not a battle that needs to be fought alone. That is all. LC out.

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I Don’t Know What To Say About Mass Shootings Anymore

So, I won’t lie, son. On the real, I’m not exactly sure how to start this post, man. I mean, it’s another mass shooting, fam. Like, we have yet ANOTHER instance of some dickhead taking a gun and shooting at an entire group of people. All I know is, I don’t know what to say that’s any more insightful than anything I’ve ever tried to say before, bruh. The truth is, I’m at a fucking loss for words right now, brethren.

Ok, for those who are unaware, shit got real at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in California. Apparently, some White dude, who has since been killed, rolled up on the festival with an assault rifle and started blasting. Now, to make matters worse, Jack van Breen, lead singer of Tin Man, alleges that the Army-fatigued shooter said he was “really angry” when asked why he was doing this. In addition, authorities are looking into the possibility of a second suspect.

All in all, three people were killed and 12 more were wounded in the attack. Sadly, a 6-year-old boy was one of the victims. Now, if I’m being honest, I feel a certain sense of hopelessness right now. Like, no matter how many times these incidents happen, nothing is ever really done about it. Furthermore, we as a population can’t even come to some consensus about what the issue is, son. Frankly, with so much division, how are we actually supposed to solve this problem, man?

Look, I’m not one of those people who has blind allegiance to a particular side. Shit, most commonly, there’s a “gun control” side and a “mental health” side. The way I see it, both sides have merit, fam. Listen, do I think a stable-headed individual is just going to get up one day and shoot up a bunch of people? No, bruh. Absolutely not. But, how can folks ignore that guns are also a major fucking issue? Son, a crazy motherfucker with a knife just can’t do as much damage as a crazy motherfucker with a semi-automatic rifle. For God‘s sake, facts are facts, man. Real talk, ignoring common sense is costing innocent people their lives, folks. All I can say is, something, fucking anything, needs to be done, brethren.

In the end, I just want to give my condolences to the families affected by this tragedy. Ultimately, I’m sorry that we live in a country that doesn’t do more to protect its citizens. By and by, the more things change the more they stay the same, son. At the end of the day, no amount of death seems to motivate our elected officials. So, I don’t know what else to say here, man. I’m sorry. That is all. LC out.

Stop Deflecting Away From Jussie Smollett’s Nonsense

So, I’m going to try and keep this short today, son. Basically, I’m tired of the bullshit, man. On the real, anytime a Black person is caught doing some foul shit, people bring up White folks who’ve gotten away with similar foul shit. All I know is, it brings me back to a question I’ve asked before: do Black people want to be right or do we want to get away with the same crimes as White people? The point is, Jussie Smollett was deadass wrong, fam. Frankly, any attempt to defend him is severely misguided.

Ok, for those who are living under a rock, Smollett has officially been arrested and charged with filing a false police report. Now, according to the law, this offense is a Class 4 Felony, which could result in 1-3 years in prison and a $25,000 fine. Anyway, I think it’s safe to say that Smollett is in a world of shit right now, bruh. Moving on, I don’t like the narrative that’s spreading through social media, son. Listen, regardless of other offenders, Smollett still did something incredibly wrong, man. The fact is, he needs to pay for his nonsense, fam.

Listen, I’m seeing a lot of people bring up White folks who’ve falsely called the cops on Black people. Ok, yes, that’s another issue that desperately needs to be addressed, bruh. The way I see it, all of the Petty Patty’s and Nosy Nancy’s need to be prosecuted for involving in the law in unnecessary situations. However, that doesn’t take away from the fact that Smollett needs to be held accountable for his actions. I mean, HE FAKED A COTDAMN HATE CRIME, SON! Like, how else could I possibly phrase that? The truth is, he doesn’t deserve our damn sympathy, man. All in all, more Black people should be mad at him, fam. Shit, folks were ready to ride for him and he made us all look like idiots, brethren.

In the end, I really want people to stop changing the story, son. Ultimately, two things can be true at once, man. By and by, Smollett should be charged for his tomfoolery AND White people should be charged for fraudulently calling the police. At the end of the day, Smollett shouldn’t be exempt from justice, fam. In addition, he needs to be ridiculed for such a botched plan, bruh. Hell, this entire saga unraveled faster than a Payless shoe, people. *Sigh* I don’t know what else to say here. LC out.

P.S. Miss me with any of that “mental health” shit, son. Keeping it a buck, I can already see that narrative gaining traction, man. All I can say is, I rebuke all of that, fam. In my eyes, Smollett is nothing more than a fucking clown, bruh. That is all.

Ian David Long: When ‘Thoughts & Prayers’ Don’t Work

So, I’m going to start today’s post a little different, son. Normally, I would give some intro about what I was going to talk about. But, before I say anything, I want people to read what Ian David Long wrote in a Facebook post the other day. So, here we go:

I hope people call me insane .. wouldn’t that just be a big ball of irony? Yeah… I’m insane, but the only thing you people do after these shootings is ‘hopes and prayers’.. or ‘keep you in my thoughts’ … every time… and wonder why these keep happening …

Now, to be clear, these are the words of a Marine veteran who shot and killed 12 people at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California. Look, in one post, a mass murderer destroyed our country’s indifference to gun control AND mental health. Real talk, after every incident, politicians send out “thoughts and prayers,” but never do anything to remedy the situation. Sadly, Ian Long knew this, man.

At this point, no one knows why Long committed these killings, fam. I mean, there’s speculation that he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder after his time in Afghanistan. Shit, if that’s the case, should he have been allowed to legally purchase a .45-caliber Glock handgun? Listen, these are the type of scenarios that reasonable people think about when asking for gun reform. Real talk, I’m not one of those folks who think that nobody should have a firearm. I just want to make sure that the ones who do are in their right fucking mind. Clearly, Long was not one of those individuals, bruh.

In the end, I don’t know what else to say, son. Ultimately, I can’t definitively say that I know the reason for all of these mass shootings. Is it gun control? Is it mental health? Is it terrorism? Is it a combination of all of the above? I don’t fucking know, man. All I know is, this “thoughts and prayers” shit isn’t working, fam. With that being said, I’m tired of all of the partisan bullshit. At the end of the day, our elected officials need to get to the bottom of the issue and nip this shit in the bud, bruh. For God‘s sake, how many more people have to die? *Sigh* Rest In Peace to all of the victims, brethren. Once again, a group of innocent people died for no reason. LC out.

Let’s Talk About Mental Health

So, I won’t lie, son. The suicides of both Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain threw me for a loop, man. Now, my wife is way more familiar with Spade than me, but I was always a big fan of Bourdain, fam. In any case, their respective deaths hit close to home for me, bruh. Look, I’m no stranger to talking about mental health on this blog, folks. On the real, I’ve written multiple articles about my own struggles with depression. All I know is, we need to talk WAY more openly about mental illness. Frankly, it could save our life or the life of a loved one.

Ok, real talk, I’m not going to go into much depth about the particulars of Spade’s and Bourdain’s deaths. Shit, that’s what Google is for, son. However, I want to talk about depression and the damage it can do to our psyches, man. Now, for me, I can’t say that I’ve ever contemplated suicide. But, there were definitely times in my life where I didn’t care if I lived or died. Like, I never cut my wrists or tried to hang myself, but I would FREQUENTLY drive highly intoxicated. In my mind, if I happened to just run off of the road, I wouldn’t really give a shit, fam.

Now, as ashamed as I am to say this, being a father didn’t immediately change my destructive behavior. Keeping it a buck, my first son was barely a year old when I was in danger of losing my family. My then-girlfriend (now-wife) broke up with me because of my emotional distance, excessive drinking, partying and infidelity. Real talk, I knew I needed to make a change and FAST. Since college, my homie Mitch suggested therapy, but I always resisted. All I can say is, at that time, I knew it was now or never, bruh.

Anyway, I told that entire story because I want to stress the importance of getting help, son. Honestly, I didn’t even know I had mental issues until I saw someone. From there, so much of my previous behavior started to make sense, man. Listen, I was using all of my vices as coping mechanisms as opposed to getting to the root of the problem. Sadly, I don’t know what was eating at both Spade and Bourdain. All I can say is, it’s truly heartbreaking that they weren’t able to find the relief they desperately needed, fam.

In the end, I don’t want anyone to feel alone, son. If anybody is having mental issues or thoughts of suicide, there’s an outlet, man. Ultimately, there’s therapy and/or medication to help with those cognitive struggles. There are prevention hotlines to help curve those suicidal thoughts. Furthermore, even if we’re not the ones having the problems, I want all of us to be a helping hand and/or ear to anyone who is struggling. At the end of the day, I wish individuals like Spade and Bourdain saw the beauty in their respective lives. But, it’s not to late for those who are still here. That is all. LC out.

‘Whose Mans Is This?’: My Thoughts On The Kanye West & Charlamagne Tha God Interview

So, I’m not going to lie, son. Real talk, I’m going to cheat with today’s post, man. I mean, at this point, I’ve said everything I could possibly say about Kanye West and his coonery, fam. All in all, his sit-down with Charlamagne Tha God hasn’t changed anything for me, bruh. Frankly, Ye has done a TERRIBLE job of eloquently expressing his thoughts and opinions. Side note, I think that’s because, as he proved with T.I., he doesn’t really know what the FUCK he’s talking about.

In any case, today’s plan is to simply re-post several articles I’ve already written about Kanye. On the real, I feel like they all still apply right now, folks. In addition, I’m going to post his interview with Charlamagne and let people take from it what they will. At the end of the day, I really might be out of words, people. Keeping it a buck, I don’t know what else to say about Kanye West. So, I’ll just let my previous words do the talking. *Sigh* People can click on my hyperlinks below. That’s all I’ve got for now, brethren. LC out.

P.S. I have no words whatsoever for Kanye’s interview with TMZ. I… *Sigh* Shout-out to Van Lathan, though. He said everything that needed to be said. Bye.

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Depression Is A B*tch

So, I won’t lie, son. This post is a little hard for me to write, man. I mean, as much as I engage with the outside world, I’m still a pretty private person. In any case, at this particular moment, I feel like being transparent with everyone. Not only for my own well-being, but for anyone else who may be in my shoes. All in all, depression is a bitch and I know it affects a large number of folks out there.

Ok, anyone who follows this blog knows that I took a week off from writing recently. Now, as a disclaimer, I told people that I was taking a break because I was “burned out.” The truth is, my longtime depression has been kicking me in the ass for some weeks now. Frankly, I didn’t want to write about anything, fam. In addition, I haven’t wanted to go to work and I’ve had no interest in answering phone calls. *Sigh* I guess those are the breaks when depression rears its ugly ass head, bruh.

Now, if I’m being real, I believe a lot of my current state is due to anxiety. Namely, anxiety about the future. Look, anyone who knows me knows that I live in my head. I’m constantly planning and constantly trying to figure out my next move. Anyway, despite the fact that life is going really well right now, I’m still trying to map out the road ahead of me. For example, I’m trying to figure out where my career is going. Also, I’m trying to figure out where this blog is going. Hell, I’m even trying to figure out where my music is going. All of this while trying to be the best husband and father I can be. By and by, I’m trying my hardest to ignore that annoying ass self-deprecating voice in my head.

With all of that being said, I am super thankful for the people who check in on me. In all honesty, this post isn’t really about LC at all. On the real, I want to talk to anybody out there who may be going through their own issues at the moment. Listen, don’t be afraid to reach out to family and friends. Don’t be afraid to speak up about any trials or tribulations. Real talk, there’s no need to feel ashamed about it. A lot of times, people don’t get help because of their own personal hang-ups. All I can say is, none of us should let our idiosyncrasies hold us back from getting better. In the end, like I said in a previous post, it’s okay to not be okay. Ultimately, acknowledging it is the only way to move forward. That is all. LC out.