Over the next week (and maybe a little more), I will be exploring a part of myself that is difficult to explain yet a necessary part of understanding who I really am: my history of clinical anxiety and depression. Inspired by this series on depression among LDS women, I’ve finally recognized that I have been hiding behind a silly belief that my mental illness would resolve itself after I do A and B. I am beginning to understand that it’s part of who I am and I need to embrace, accept, and integrate its components so I can fully unearth the beauty that resides within my core.
Though difficult, writing this series has helped me explore my past and discover pieces that explain who I am today. It has also led to an inner peace that I have never experienced before. Please know that these posts will be the most revealing of anything I have ever written and I ask for respect and kindness (and please no advice) if you choose to comment.