The War Within
By fiifi DZANSI
We’re continually fighting a war within.
As you grow up from a boy to a man, they tell you to keep your problems to yourself.
You don’t have to show your fears or vulnerability.
A man must not cry
So a husband is hesitant to admit to his wife he’s afraid.
A leader doesn’t tell his followers he’s afraid of the future.
There’re many men out there going through varying degrees of mental health challenges.
When you visit the Accra psychiatric hospital, more women fill the benches than men.
Of course, women make up the majority of the population.
There’s nothing wrong for a man to wail out of pain.
Talk to someone when you don’t feel ok. It’s therapy. And it helps you see the world more clearly.
Don’t fight the war within alone.