I talk a lot about my experiences as a teenager on this blog. I mean, my subtitle is “Free Thoughts on the Teen Mind.”
I’ve always thought that it was important to talk about the not-so-glamorous parts of being a teenager (if there are even any glamorous parts). I’m lucky that I grew up in a very nice community, where I didn’t have to worry about money too often and that I got many opportunities I know others don’t get. Despite all of this, there were many times in my life where I wasn’t able to be in the right mindset I should have been, whether it was just normal teen angst or something that actually justified me crawling into a dark hole and residing there for however long it took me to get out of said slump. What is even more important is showing that you can have a normal home life, be surrounded by love, and live what seems to be a good life on the surface, and still go through things such as depression, or in a more slang term, slumps.
I know that my life hasn’t been the hardest, but when I’m told that on top of the way that I already may be feeling, it doesn’t help motivate me at all. In fact, it makes me feel worse because I’m aware of the life I’ve been given, and how so many others have it worse than I do. I think this is something many people struggle with and is a topic that is very controversial in regards to whether someone can be considered depressed when they live a prosperous life. I believe they can, and it is showcased when a famous actor or celebrity may openly discuss their depression, or sadly commit suicide. One of the things I believe would help reduce this fear of expressing one’s sadness is having more people who are seen as doing well in life that may be depressed is being able to talk about it, and making others feel that they are justified in feeling that way, no matter what circumstances they are surrounded by.
In doing so, I wanted to showcase and write my path towards happiness. I’m generally seen as a very happy person, but in the past half year or so, I’ve gone in and out of really bad slumps in my life. But with the help of some wonderful friends, I’ve started making changes in order to be a happier and more fulfilled person, instead of dwelling on my sadness. I wanted to keep a written record of my progress so that not only will I be able to physically see the progress I made, but also for other people to see that they really aren’t alone (no matter how corny that sounds) and that hopefully it’ll help at least one person understand that someone else feels the same way they do.
I’ll end this here, but I’ll definitely be posting soon about the changes I’ve made to to be a happier person.