"I became bulimic when I was 8 and an alcoholic at 18. In retrospect - I can see that what you folks call "depression" and "anxiety" led to all of that.
But as a writer- words are really important to me and so I refer to myself not as depressed but as “extra feely” and not as anxious but as “extra thinky” and not as addicted but as “extra passionate about things that may or may not eventually cause me great harm and maybe to actually die.”
So, to be specific my name is Glennon Melton and I am extra feely, extra thinky, and extra passionate.
I promise I’m not trying to brag. I don’t want you to feel sad if you are not these "extra" things. I know plenty of folks who are not depressed or anxious OR addicted and a few of them have gone on to make decent lives for themselves. Nothing spectacular, to be fair, but decent and there is nothing wrong with decent, folks."Don't you just LOVE her?! I could probably write a whole blog post about how wonderful she is, but instead I'll direct you to her TedTalk. If you ever wanted to know more about me, um, just watch that.
So here's to you, Depression and Anxiety. I'd give ya a cocktail if I could. It would probably help a bit. But for now, I'm going to breathe. I'm going to survive these next 9 days until my parents arrive in the Philippines for Christmas. I'm going to start anew next year, but I'm not going to fight you anymore. I'm going to acknowledge you, get to know you better, and continue learning to live with you. I'm going to live.
|This was taken in October 2011 at USC. Sorry mama, but this tattoo will be my first stop back home.|
I need it. I will always need it.