Mahevash Shaikh belongs to a rare breed of millennials who have taken their role in the postmodern world of the internet, very, very, seriously. While there is no doubt that she is operating ahead of her time, we are here to discuss her efforts and applaud her spirit.
The world still needs saving, and a very few people agree with that important truth.
Mahevash is an outspoken activist for the cause of social dissemination of information regarding depression - a subject that remains largely ignored in today's context of social dialogues.
Mahevash is here to change things, and her clarity of purpose reflects well in her chosen line of work.
"All over the world, millennials are learning to embrace who they are, warts and all. We are more individualistic than any generation that came before us, but somewhere, we still hesitate to be completely authentic. Through my blog, I hope to give them the push they need to get just one step closer to being true to themselves", says Mahevash.
In a world that is dominated by the competitiveness of social discomfort, with users chasing potentially dangerous metrics that they do not fully understand, it is refreshing to see young souls such as Mahevash making a genuine effort to contain the chaos with an organized set of efforts.
Her blog "Mahevash Muses" is reminiscent of the age of the Bronte sisters, with an air of unhinged individualistic sentiment that seems to be long-gone from an otherwise apathetic generation. Mahevash stands out as a postmodern millennial headed in the right direction because she has never been much for mass metrics. Instead, her words are aligned with the most urgent and real issues at hand - a strong lack of the need for individual identities. Scores of millennials are busy validating themselves against the backdrop of popular culture, inclusive of everything that affects us on the public domain - be it politics, celebrity gossip, or career choices. Even when it comes to the dissemination of helpful information such as travel info, domestic tips or just plain old cooking recipes, more than 75% of the active internet seems doused in the addiction of hashtag-stuffing, and the meaningless pursuit of followers. While internet giants and monopolistic institutions mostly take advantage of such behavior, Mahevash (and others like her) are on the verge of pushing the human race forward with gentle but effective nudges onto the delicately trodden aspect of individualism.
Tackling mental illness head-on, Busting Cliches, and more
Mahevash is doing what very few other souls seem to be even remotely interested in doing. While a vast majority of our populace chooses to actively engage in political dialogues of scale to offer temporary and fleeting respite from the real issues gnawing away at the back of their heads, Mahevash uses assertive language to bring popular attention back to topics that matter - such as the origin of depressive behavior and real-world strategies to defeat the same. As an individual diagnosed with clinical depression, generalized anxiety disorder, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and traits of borderline personality disorder (BPD), she expresses the viewpoint of a depressed-yet-aware soul via her articles and free-verse poetry.
She aims to raise mental health awareness and de-stigmatize the concept of mental illnesses, in order to introduce a much-needed element of comfort when conversations happen between people who are diagnosed with clinical depression and those who aren't. She also uses the blogging medium to push awareness about a plethora of sociocultural issues.
Her courage reflects well in the disclaimer she has chosen for her blog - she defines it as a corner for "unconventional souls" , and as one that will push traditionally "normal" people into shock and awe. Being someone whose life has been perpetually plagued by recurring bouts of clinical depression, I
have nothing but praise for that line of thought. To that end, Mahevash has also penned a discerning piece of work called "Busting Cliches" as a
medium of public interaction on the subject of not giving in to solutions merely on the merit of being old. It is an absolute steal for people who are eager to embrace the kind of thinking that (maybe) keeps Yuval Noah Harari busy writing things like Homo Deus.
What sets Mahevash aside, is that she takes her role in fixing the world seriously. And she knows exactly what message to drive home.
The greatest danger of living in a democracy that uses fear to define civilization, is that people tend to lose touch with what it means to be themselves. In the pursuit of completely meaningless social validation, we often forget what we really want so bad, that our outer persona (including our behavior
on the internet) is nothing more than a reflection of the collective insecurities of everyone who shares our perceived mediocrity.
But people like Mahevash are here to prove that mediocrity may win by numbers, but it only wins more mediocrity. True winners and social change-makers are defined by the zealous and consistent "chase" onto individual imperfections, flaws, and thoughts. This is not a race - It is just accepting the
fact that the world will be saved by people who believe that it needs to be saved, and who are crystal clear on how to go about it. It's an adventure, and the spirit of Mahevash and like-minded millennials is a testament to how far we've come, and how far we still have to go.
So go on. Embrace your individual identity. Do not conform to what the world around you wants you to be. Question everything and answer to happiness. While you're at it, check out Mahevash's blog. It might just be that much-needed dose of inspiration that you've managed to evade for so long.