Reminding Myself to Never Abandon Myself

Illustration drawing of smiling girl by Mellyssa A. Diggs
Illustration by Mellyssa A. Diggs

People suffer from a vast majority of things and ailments every day. For someone like me, it’s hard to believe. I just assumed I was stressing too much but I didn’t really find out until almost my 30’s that it was all anxiety and mild depression.

It is hard to be social. I’ve always had that trouble but sometimes it can be really hard. My sleep is sporadic even when I go to bed at a reasonable hour. I’ll just wake up 2-3 hours later. I rarely get complete sleep or sleep through the night.

Sometimes I can image the worst case scenarios, no matter how nice and pleasant everything may be. It is mentally draining and makes me mentally tired. Sometimes it is hard to get out of bed for that reason.

I can’t image feeling like that everyday

You’re so young

You are too young to feel that way

Each one of these statements had made me feel as though I’m not allowed to feel that way. I’ve had moments I have not handled it well at all.

Discrimination against for those with mental health issues and chronic illnesses leads to risk factors for suicide.

According to a recent study, poverty increases the risk of suicide. Even with a job, employers often don’t recognize our potential and what we can do.

In life, I’ve learned that people will leave you in a blink of an eye. It could be family, friends, etc. However, you must never leave, disregard, or abandon your importance. Don’t let that go. I learned to never let that go. I let go of those who have failed me or failed to notice someone rare as me. This goes for you as well. You are a very rare find.

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