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The Exception To The Rule

I’ve been thinking a lot about the exception to the rule.  These rules may apply in today’s coronavirus world. The exception seems to be young people are not infected whatsoever. But is that true? and if not:  why is the concept of there invincibility being perpetuated?  Recently, in my area, they had to close and lock down all the beaches because young people are out partying feeling invincible.  There are public service announcements trying to help them understand that even though they may not get the severity of the virus, they still can be transmitting it to their loved ones and to other people at risk.   This is forcing some people to rethink their invincibility and help them understand that they could actually be carriers.   But is that fair to believe or to share that these young people can actually cause more harm just by being young??  Are they the exception to the rule?!

published on: Oct 29, 2017 

“A ruler isn’t always straight.” ~ Robert Half

The other day I was rereading the latest Peer Specialist Training Manual. I’ve had my official certification nine years now, since October 2009, (time flies in the Mental Health Advocacy world).  Personally, I have seen many changes in my life–all–I hope and believe are improvements.  As I read the manual, a few points jumped out at me.

Mental Health Humor by Chato Stewart


One point: it seems as if I was getting more one-to-one training and step-by-step ideas on helping fellow peers.  No acronyms to remember or training on illnesses…but more on people, peers as individuals first, seemed heavily stressed.

I did find some of the “real world” scenarios a bit funny and not true to life!  As a Mental Health Peer Operator, this past year, I can attest to that fact. The conversations, sometimes, do not go the way you want them to go.  They take time, patience, and understanding.  Never, as in the manual, having the peer all fixed and better in two sentences…lol.

There is an “exception to every rule.”  That was a concept that I read a few times and it struck my funny bone, so I doodled this on notepaper to draw out later as a Mental Health Humor cartoon.

My Father, Exception To The Rule

The “exception to the rule“, every time I read this phrase, had me thinking twice because I kept hearing myself ask, “what the heck is the rule?”  My mind started wandering that’s when I drew the doodle above as a bent ruler and that would be an exception, right?

We all want to be the exception to many rules. I believe everyone in Florida believes they don’t have to stop for stop signs.  I feel they believe they are the exception to the rule to stop.  The other day I watched a Sheriff roll up to a four-way stop intersection and not stop and roll on through, then the next car, and next car… Only a few of us have to stop; I guess.

  1. My father was good for an exception to rules. In fact, if he didn’t like your rule, sometimes, he would make up his own one on the fly.  For example, the time he took me fishing when I was 8 for my birthday.  I remember that day for three reasons, none have to do with my birthday. My Father’s Exception to the Rule: It’s okay to fish at a public water supply reservoir–Massachusetts (1979)–because it’s stocked with Largemouth Bass.
  2. My Father’s Exception to the Rule: tossing a child out of the water onto the hard dirt (about 5 to 6 feet) is protecting the child from a Water Moccasin (Cottonmouth) snake heading his way.  (For Dads from the south: Water Moccasins are common and back then, he didn’t have the internet or an encyclopedia. Cottonmouths are not found in New England.  But when, in doubt, the exception to the rule is to pick up the kid then toss the kid out of the way.  That would be enforced a few more times during my childhood.
  3. My Father’s Exception to the Rule: What he said goes…but isn’t that every dad’s rule though?

O.K. not all exceptions to the rule are as negative as it is coming across telling my father’s exceptions…LOL

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Chato Stewart

Chato Stewart has a mission, to draw and use humor as a positive tool to live, to cope with the debilitating effects symptoms of mental illness. Chato Stewart is a Mental Health Hero and Advocate. Recovery Peer Specialist board-certified in Florida. Chato is the artist behind the cartoons series Mental Health Humor, Over-Medicated, and The Family Stew - seen here in his blog posts. The cartoons are drawn from his personal experience of living with bipolar disorder (and other labels). [email protected]

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Stewart, C. (2020). The Exception To The Rule. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 4, 2020, from


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