To Depressed Self | With Love, Happy Self

Depression and anxiety are sometimes swept under the rug, but they are both very, very real. Most people don’t even realize that they are struggling with depression at all, or don’t discover it until they’re out of the temporary depression.

This is a letter I wrote to myself a few years ago to help me get through a deep depression episode. The more self aware I become over time, the more I hope my words can help someone else. What doesn’t kill you truly makes you stronger. What you do with that strength is up to you…

Remember you’re lovable. You’re amazing. Be true to yourself. Don’t worry. Be Happy. 

Dear Casey,

I’m not sure why you do this to yourself. You are a beautiful, talented, amazing person with so much to share with the world. You can’t hold yourself back. It’s okay to not be perfect, don’t live in fear. Live with excitement, for today, the here and now, for the future and the unknown. Don’t rush thins. Don’t force anything. Everything truly does happen for a reason. Something unexpected can change everything. There’s no need to go out looking for it, just let it happen. Try your best at everything you do and that in itself is a great accomplishment. Tell yourself good job and give yourself a pat on the back. You are 19 years old. There is so much life left to live, don’t get hung up on the negatives. Be excited for the positives but know so much is still going on. Slow down. Take a deep breath. Live in the moment. There is beauty in truth and truth is the here and now. Don’t focus on changing, focus on being the person you want to be. It’s your life, live it, don’t be in fear, don’t seek approval, just do you. Find happiness and hold onto it. Don’t try and out do yourself. It’s not a race, it’s not a competition. Ask for help. There ARE people who love you and care for you, I promise. I know it seems like you’re alone, but you’re not. YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Don’t shut others out. Embrace them. Let them love you. You are LOVABLE.



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