To celebrate World Hearing Voice’s Day, I asked each of my voices whether or not they’d like to write a post themed around ‘a few of my favourite things’. I didn’t stipulate how they should interpret this as I wanted the post to be in their own voice.
I’m aware that allowing my people to write their own posts will be confronting to many, but World Hearing Voices Day is about celebrating hearing voices as part of the diversity of human experience, and including my people is how I’ve chosen to start some conversations today, so feel free to ask myself (or Meadhbh) any questions in the comments field below.
A few of my favourite things…
This is a photograph of a few of my favourite things. There is a Disney Fairies colouring book that Andrew’s support worker gave me as a present. I’ve left the book open on a page showing Silvermist, as she is a Disney Fairy who looks like me. As you can see there are lots and lots of colouring pencils and oil pastels that Andrew brought for me because he knows I like to draw and paint and colour things in with lots of bright bright colours. The wooden spoons are there because wood is awesome and I’m always pestering Andrew to eat lots of healthy salads which he serves up with the wooden spoons, so when he does that it makes me happy. The big purple ball with googly eyes is a ball that I lurve that we use in Andrew’s Creative Therapy group. Andrew got it for me after we watched Despicable Me because he knows I love screaming it’s so fluff-y! like the girl does in that film. There are also two plastic dinosaurs because dinosaurs are awesome! There is also a little green fluffy dinosaur that roars and vibrates when you pull its cord which is the greatest thing that has ever existed! I love it when Andrew reads me Roald Dahl, so there is a Roald Dahl book I love which has lots of awesome coloured pictures in it and there are DVDs of Monsters Inc because I love Boo and How to Train Your Dragon because I love Toothless. There is also the Zelda game Twilight Princess because it is great fun and makes Andrew happy, which is something that is my favourite thing. To top it all off is a map of Westeros because Dragon Mummy is awesome, a hairbrush that is the colour of my hair, two little ornaments which was a present from one of Andrew’s friends to me and Cheeky Naughty Monkey (Ceenem for short) who is my monkey. I hope you think they’re all as awesome as I do! Thank you.
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