In this piece, I kick the door down, instead of knocking on the front door." Read to learn more. TW: Discussion of suicide. Brief mention of sexual abuse and addiction.
May these words inspire you to openly and courageously discuss your mental health with those you trust, because mental health is health. We all have it, and therefore we all need to discuss it. And finally, may these words grant you hope, because, despite our challenges, trials, and tribulations, we all have so much potential—so many reasons to believe in ourselves and our abilities to persevere and grow resilience.
People often ask me about why I write. So, in this piece, I try to explain why I write, when I write, and how I can use my voice--or not use my voice--to empower myself and others.
In this open letter, I try to reflect on how my realities are different from the ones my parents knew. In so doing, I critique the American Dream--American society as it currently exists--and offer solutions for positive societal change. This work is both revelation and a call for change.
Although I’d love to be a hero for others, I fully realize that is not my role. If I aim to be a hero, I must do so, first, by filling that role for myself.
On days like yesterday, my tattoos remind me that light shines through the darkness.
As much as I am actively trying to practice gratitude—and I am—let me be real: social distancing and quarantining suck!! Big time. Aside from having more time to write and read, I am struggling to find a good thing to say about this time. As someone who continuously aims to lead a healthy, productive life, … Continue reading Buckling Down: My Quarantine Survival Kit