I know this is a Fashiony Blog in which we should be snarky and silly and girly all the time, but this topic really speaks to me. So bear with me for this one.
Today, I am a 26 year-old woman who is extremely comfortable in her own skin and not afraid to take on any challenges.
Today I am strong and I am aware that while I may not look like everyone else or have the same talents as everyone else, I am still, and will always be, ME.
Today, I love ME.
But it hasn’t always been that way.
It wasn’t until a few years ago that I came to terms with the fact that Depression is a very serious and very REAL disease. It is something that is chemically inside of us and not a representation of our weaknesses or self-worth.
I’ve not been very vocal about this, but in knowing that it could help someone else that has had similar feelings as to those I’ve had. I’m going public. My name is Smash, and I suffer from depression. I started on medicine for it about a year ago and it quite possibly saved my life. I was diagnosed with disthymia and my Doctor came to the conclusion that until now, I may never have NOT been depressed. Whoa.
I’m here to tell you that today, I am NOT depressed. And I haven’t been for quite some time.
I KNOW how crippling a sickness it can be. I KNOW how it feels to not think that there is ANYONE OUT THERE that understands. And I KNOW how hopeless even the most hopeful of situations can seem.
And I also KNOW that it CAN GET BETTER. And it WILL GET BETTER. But here’s the thing: You have to be willing to help yourself. And you have to accept yourself for who YOU are. And YOU, my friend, are a beautiful human being.
If you or anyone you know is sad or depressed or lonely or any of these things. DON’T HESITATE to get help and to help others. This is a very real and serious problem that not enough people are willing to be vocal about. But I say, to hell with that.
Eli and I both wrote love on our arms today. We encourage you to do the same. And to never ever forget that while we are different, we are ALL extroardinary.
Noone should ever feel less that beautiful. We are all unique and incredible creatures. Give someone a compliment today. Perform a random act of kindness. Write Love on your arm. Whatever it is, let’s all remember that we’re not alone.
Because loving yourself is never going to go out of style.