Standing Up For Yourself

Sorry I have been a little MIA, I had finals last week and was super busy!! I am still figuring out my voice in this blog and how I wanna set it all up, so please stick with me!

Tonight I wanna talk about standing up for yourself and your depression.

I have come across so many people who claim that depression isn’t real, or try to minimize my struggles. It is incredibly frustrating, upsetting, and makes me want to crawl into a hole and never come out.

How dare they! How dare they take something difficult in my life and make me feel small because of it. Smaller than I already feel. It’s cruel. There have been so many times that I have just swallowed it. So many times I make excuses for the person, or try to convince myself that it isn’t their fault that they don’t understand what’s going on with me. So many times I have wished that mental health wasn’t a taboo topic and that people were educated about it.

And let me tell you what, I am sick of it and I refuse to take it anymore. It is important for me, for you, and for everyone who struggles with something to stand up for themselves. We all have the right to our feelings, we all have the right to express ourselves, and our friends and family should have the respect AND the desire to support us and to listen to us. To validate us. To be a source of hope and positive energy in this dark and dreary abyss.

I will no longer accept anything but help. A conversation, a suggestion, time, effort. That is what I deserve, and it is what I give everyone around me. I encourage you to realize your worth. This monster is a constant in my life, and millions of other people’s lives. I think it is more than fair for the people around us to light a match in that darkness so we can see.

 

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