A Letter to Depression
Last Modified: 19/12/2016
A young woman bares her struggles and her triumph against depression.
- 1Dear depression, we go way back.
- 2I remember the first time I met you.
- 3I was seven years old, a pigtailed lover of books,...
- 4...teased for the sneakers my mother could barely afford.
- 5When I was sad for the 49th day in a row,...
- 6...I begged you to go away, but you would not leave.
- 7You, depression, are my childhood friend.
- 8The midnight voices in my head, a slick tongue.
- 9You pretend to have the answers, but loving you got me sick.
- 10But dare yourself, extraordinary human,...
- 11...to run into joy screaming, "You cannot have me."
- 12You cannot have me.
- 13I am not my past.
- 14I am worthy of love, I am worthy.
- 15I am forgiving myself for not being strong enough to believe in myself.
- 16I can tell you, I do not know who my father is,...
- 17...but I would rather tell you I am letting go.
- 18I am letting failure go.
- 19I am letting loneliness go.
- 20I will not give up.
- 21You will not silence me.
- 22Sincerely, Tanya