Welcome to OCDMinds, my name is Jenson Phillips. As the title of my blog suggests, I ‘suffer’ from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
I say suffer delicately, it’s not always anxiety attacks and anal organisation and worrying that the world’s going to end if I don’t check the locks on the house a certain number of times (check the windows are closed and locked 5 times, check the front door and conservatory door 8 times, the doors are more important).
Sometimes it’s waking up super early because I know I need to have breakfast set out a certain way, but at least my sons always have their morning meal perfectly prepared. Sometimes it’s organising the perfect day down to the exact minute because if I don’t then my family will leave me, but we always have an incredible (organised) experience. Sometimes it’s having the most pristine bathroom and kitchen because germs and mould and dirt will kill my boys, but at least my house looks nice.
OCD is not fun, but it’s not my whole life. I try my hardest to make things work for my two wonderful boys, Jacob and Ashley, and, hey, if my condition makes me a perfectionist, doesn’t that make me the perfect parent?
I jest, if you’re reading this blog, you’re probably a parent too and you know as well as I do that this journey through parenthood is far from perfect. There will be bumps and twists and turns along the way and all we can do is our best.
My children are my whole world, all I want is to provide them with a great foundation for becoming the best people they can be. Everything I do, I do for them and I am learning along the way what is right and what is wrong. It’s all trial and error here.
If you raise your children to feel that they can accomplish any goal or task they decide upon, you will have succeeded as a parent and you will have given your children the greatest of all blessings.”
That’s a quote from Brian Tracy, an incredible and insightful motivational speaker from America, if you have time, you should definitely watch some of his videos on YouTube, they’re awesome.
OCD gives me a lot of thoughts, so I thought I’d share them with the rest of the world. All I hope is that this blog helps you and guides you along the way.