About Notes to Self:
'Our very notion of humanity is interlocked with the ability to feel - empathy and passion give birth to our solidarity as humans. Through our spectrum of emotion we're united. So why is the darkness taboo when we all feel it? Why is sadness secret? This is one person removing the proverbial cat from the bag and holding it in stark light to portray the reality of it all - and hoping you find the courage to do the same, in your own way' - Introduction to Notes to Self
About the author:
Stacy Morris, Western Australia.
Stephen Fry described it best when he said "It's not all bad. Heightened self-consciousness, apartness, an inability to join in, physical shame and self-loathing—they are not all bad. Those devils have been my angels. Without them I would never have disappeared into language, literature, the mind, laughter and all the mad intensities that made and unmade me".
But it was not always like this. For a long time I had just disappeared - and not into anything other than self-loathing. It took time to realise that mental illness afflicts me but does not prevent me from living a full life.
This is not a book depicting the 'Road to Recovery'. This is the mess of it. This is the despondent insomniac at 3am scribbling notes and giving them to you to let you know you are not alone. And if we only spoke about it more we would know that. I wanted you to know that I have been there too, and that it's okay to talk about it - so I started by telling myself that.