I’ve been waiting for the moment to share my experience with mental illness. The moment is now. I’m blessed to walk in the path of many brave people who’ve paved the road for people like me to feel safe and empowered by sharing our experience. I was lost, hopeless and terrified of life. Living with constant untreated anxiety, obsessive thinking and cycles of depression that led me to physical and emotional isolation. My coping mechanism was to self medicate with marijuana which provided momentary relief, but inevitably exacerbated my problems. I’ve been blessed with an opportunity to change. No longer being trapped by my thoughts, emotions, feelings and addiction has been a liberating experience and my life has greatly improved over the past few years.
Along my journey I’ve drawn incredible inspiration from people in similar circumstances who’ve shown me how to change. The love and support I received from these people has been the foundation of my recovery. I’m doing this because I believe we can grow to improve our lives and the lives of those around us. I believe the world can be a more loving place. I’m doing this because I want to carry the torch of spiritual and psychological freedom that was handed to me. I consider it a responsibility to live my life in a manner that makes it easier for others to love, forgive and trust. I’m here today because other people showed me these things are possible. Living with gratitude strengthens my wellness and allows me to let go of my past.
We can bring more love into the world by learning to love ourselves and others, let’s do it together.