Hey there! Welcome to Struck by the Moon!
Apparently trying to introduce myself is proving difficult for my brain, but here’s my attempt at it. I’m a 30 year old, Australian, Gay guy living in Melbourne, Australia with my Border Collie, Cynder and my Borderline Personality Disorder (that one doesn’t have another name).
At the moment I’m studying a Bachelor of Science and Masters in Teaching (Secondary) majoring in Zoology and Statistics. I work for an animal welfare organisation and in my spare time enjoy video games, cooking, exploring, making things and spending way too much time on YouTube or social media! I’m also an accredited judge for Dances with Dogs and make appearances with my dancing dogs at aged care facilities and pet expos around Victoria.
Why struck by the moon?
I’ve struggled with my mental health on and off for the last 10 – 15 years, most of that time not having an understanding of what exactly was going on for me. In 2017 I was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, which has helped to start make things a bit clearer. Struck by the Moon came about because I was looking for a space to share what life is like living with a mental illness and to document my experiences, struggles and triumphs.
The term Moonstruck is defined as mentally unbalanced, lost in fantasy and romantically sentimental, which I think sums up my life currently! Life is a little different for those struck by the moon, and I hope that my experiences, interests and thoughts can contribute to the wider conversation around mental health and help reduce the stigma attached to talking about it.