Welcome to my tale of transformation
Unwinding depression is not a neat process, but I guide you along my path as I walked it. Most of all, I offer you hope. As tormented and hopeless as I was, I am now healed.
You can heal, too.
You will discover what I uncovered about myself in the way it progressed for me. My journey was not chronologically linear. Neither is this book. I describe my struggle from 2012 to 2015, weaving intensity with insight.
To paraphrase a sentiment, if all the world’s a stage and our lives are plays, we compare our rough rehearsals to others’ polished performances. Through vignettes and verse, I draw back my curtain to spotlight backstage feelings, thoughts, and perspectives. I reenact adulthood and childhood sketches from memory and notes.
I share journal excerpts. Although condensed and corrected for clarity, these private thoughts are otherwise unedited, never imagining future publication. In the depths of my anguish, I use a few expletives. Thank you for understanding.
Discretion directs me to keep confidential certain actions from behind-the-scenes. However, I show you how I processed them so they no longer shroud me in guilt and shame. I also change a few names and other details to maintain privacy or anonymity.
After the epilogue, I include a section summarizing key points, offering suggestions, and posing questions for you to contemplate on your own journey of self-discovery. Also, consider writing down how you feel whenever a part of my story triggers deep emotion. Answer any questions I posed to myself that also resonate with you. Most importantly, write how you feel, however you feel. Writing about emotions is a cathartic, healing release.
As you expose wounds so they finally begin to heal, don’t try to mend everything by yourself. You will need other people’s resources and support. Go to the people you feel safe with. There may be different people for different issues. There are also support groups and crisis centers in many countries (worldwide listings are available at sites such as www.iasp.info). Perhaps there are resources where you live. Maybe you will start a support group yourself.
If you feel overwhelmed or suicidal, reach out to a prevention hotline, crisis center, coach, counselor, therapist, or someone you love for help.
You are already enough. One day, you will know this, too.