Welcome! “The Quiet Voice” serves as a space for me, Thomas, to share vulnerable thoughts on mental health, society, and life at large. I emphasize vulnerability because we live in a world that shames people for their mental health issues and personal challenges, when we should instead encourage a culture of help-seeking and empathy. If we practice compassion towards others and ourselves, we can work as a collective to overcome our hardships and seek healing. As a gay Asian American man, I find it even more important to discuss my life and my hardships with honesty, because queer individuals and people of color often experience even more stigma for mental health conditions. As essayist Leslie Jamison writes, “suffering is interesting but so is getting better.” Thus, this blog aims to address both the roots of suffering as well as the steps we can take to get better.
Idealism aside, a little bit about me: I graduated with degrees in Psychology and English in 2017, and I am now a graduate student in Psychology living in the D.C. Metro area. I started this blog almost a decade ago in high school as a way to share my thoughts about family and life, and now, it serves both as a keeper of my past and as a platform for my present. A few things I love: quality time spent with friends, dismantling patriarchal gender roles, the queen of pop Ariana Grande, books, and my writing and life inspiration, Caroline Knapp.
Through my writing, I seek truths – truths about society, truths about my life, and how these truths intersect. As Gail Caldwell writes in the forward of my favorite Caroline Knapp book, Knapp “articulated not just the pain of her experience but also the path out.” I look forward to finding and sharing that path with you.