For the longest time I didn’t know that I had been suffering through depression or anxiety until about a year ago. Perhaps, deep down, I had some sort of inkling that my circumstances should be different but for the most part I just let it be. I couldn’t remember what it felt like to not be tired, sad, and worried all the while not caring about much. Fast forward to present day and I recognize that what I was going through is what so many of my closest friends were enduring as well. I wish I could say that I had an understanding of what it meant to be depressed or anxious but I had no idea. I felt sad and hopeful for them; I just had no comprehension of what they suffered through for years. Having friends who could share these experiences helped me move onwards in my mental wellness journey. They created a safe space for me to share my heart and soul with all the while guiding me through some of my hardest moments. Their vulnerability allowed me to learn more about them, connect with them, and appreciate them even more. The moment I realized that having this community of love, support, and friendship was going to stick around, I knew I would be okay. And if I wasn’t right now, I would be soon enough. We all go through hardships in life and there is no comparing them. We can only relate through these experiences and grow from them. If I could change anything from my past, I wouldn’t dare. I grew from all the tough moments and continue to fight for better days.
- Tasha Campbell