This is an open letter to anyone who has ever struggled, whether it be from depression, addiction or any mental health. Recently, one of the most kind-hearted people I know brought this topic to my attention because not only did it affect him but it greatly affected me.
We've heard the whole spiel haven't we?
"When you hit rock bottom, the only way to go is up."
Yeah, it's true. It's also harder to do than say, isn't it? But what if you knew that you weren't alone? There are people who suffer everyday. I've had my fair share of shunning people that I love out of my life or self sabotaging opportunities that I know are good for me. I've gotten to the point of where tasks became mundane and certain things I used to enjoy no longer satisfied me anymore. At times, whatever I was feeling would get the best of me. It would overpower me. But I always try to remember the words & support from those that I loved.
All I hope for is for all of us to be aware, observant of our surroundings, of those who seem like they've changed or are suddenly closed off. Keep an eye out for those who are subliminally asking for help but may not have the courage to reach out. Before any malicious thoughts, negative feelings or self-harmful attempts, just know that there are people in your life who love you more than you love yourself.
You've fought back every awful scenario you've concocted in your head when your mind was at its darkest. But you never let it win. How do I know? Because you're still here. Heart still beating, blood still pumping, life still living. And it's going to stay that way.
Why? I'm here to tell you: You are not a burden. You are not an inconvenience. You are deserving of everything good in life. You do NOT need to stay broken. You WILL get better. You can recover. You can heal. You are brave. You are not alone, no, you are far from it. You are loved & damnit, you are strong. Stronger than you think.
So, when you fast forward to five years from now, when you're at your dream job, when you have a family of your own & living the life you've always dreamt about, I hope these words resonate within you to remind you that you never gave up. No, you thrived.
YOU ARE HERE.