For many people living with depression, the most challenging step to healing is the very first one: talking about it.
Now that I’ve seen both sides of the coin, I realize that something that once seemed like an impossible valley to cross was merely a gate I chose to keep closed.
Don’t get me wrong. It was a difficult process, but I dramatized it in my mind.
I occasionally reminisce about the mindset I had in the days before I launched The One Project, an online community where I started to discuss the issues I was facing through photography.
Years of biting my tongue led to a state of uncertainty. I didn’t understand what I was going through. In the end, it was photography that saved my life.
As fear and anxiety filled my mind, I fought to stay silent. I was so concerned that other people would judge me. I believed that such a confession would make me an outcast.
For those unfamiliar with depression and the stigmas around it, the challenge of needing to speak up might seem insignificant or foreign. This is why I am so vocal about my story and those important moments that changed my life for the better (even if they brought on a new set of challenges).
Here’s what happened after I started talking about my depression:
In so many ways, speaking about my depression was a pivotal moment for me. And the lessons I learned are things I’ve been able to apply to other areas of my life.
I’m more aware now, and I’m able to catch myself when I feel too overwhelmed to take the first step and speak up.
Now I know that fear and feelings of helplessness are signs that there is something I need to acknowledge or take action on.
The world has evolved immensely since we’ve needed to be wary of mammal predators jumping out of the bushes. Yet we’re still on alert, trying to protect ourselves from judgment and ignorance.
In reality, we often amplify these monsters in our minds. It’s actually much better on the other side.
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