This…my friends, was “MY VIEW” for most of 2018. I kid you not!

Depression: a fight worthy of recognition

Depressing, right?!? You got that right…that was me.

I like to call this one of my many “KICKS in the GUT” over the past 8 years! I can’t think of a better descriptor because it’s honestly what it felt like.

If you know me well, you would have never imagined or assumed that this happened to me not once, not twice, but 3 TIMES in the past 8 years! It’s impossible to understand.

I’m not writing this post for a pity party because I’m in a much better spot now. The reason I’m in better spirits is because I fought with ALL my might! The past 8 years of my life have been the biggest FIGHT, yet the biggest ACCOMPLISHMENT of my 40 years on planet earth.

You see, I consider myself a high achiever and have always been that way. I actually looked through some old boxes last week and found all of my medals and trophies from my “PRE-DEPRESSED” life, as I like to call it. When I look back on my life, I have always excelled at many things, but the most important part of my story is that, to me, those accomplishments were NOTHING compared to the fight I had facing and conquering my own demons from my past. There may be no medal for this one, but it’s my greatest victory yet! *pats self on back*

The moral of my story is: we never know what other humans are going through. We can’t compare, we can’t judge, because we have no idea what they’re dealing with. “You can’t judge a book by its cover” is a saying for a reason.

Everyone has a story that has shaped them into who they are today. I will say this again and again until I am blue in the face. Unfortunately, the always-connected, social media world we live in allows everybody to know everyone’s business sprawled across our news feeds. Please, please be mindful that when someone is posting something on social media, it could be a proud moment, it could reflect an insecurity, it could be someone asking for help, or it could be a attention seeking.

Everyone has their own motivation behind their actions, to tell “their own story”, so the next time you see something, stop and think about it. Given the daunting fight I went through, it hurts my heart when I come across others who are struggling.

Depression: A fight worthy of recognition

Be well, and remember there may be no trophy for this ‘fight of your life’, but powering through will be your greatest victory. It sure was for me!

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