By Chelsey Perez
Every person has a meaning in your life, good or bad. So I’d like to thank the people who have showed me I was a fool, played me, broke me, and destroyed me, those who even hate me. I’d like to thank the people who came into my life when I needed comfort, an ear to listen, a shoulder to cry on, a hand to hold, or even simply a person to hug. I’d like to thank the people who I used to talk to for hours, who I used to hang out with and have been best friends. The people who have been acquaintances and those who may have been a chance meeting.
I’d like to thank the people who have been there to pick me up when I have fallen, to defend me when I’ve been knocked down, who have given me the strength to stand. The ones who have loved me, cared about me, been there always. Those who have broken down my walls and have been by my side. All of you who have chanced upon my life, have made me into the woman I am today. I may be shattered, but I’m picking up the pieces and am going to stand strong and be the woman I know I can be. Everyone that has ever been in my life have all had part in this, and you are all characters in my story and my story isn’t over just yet, it’s time to turn the page and start the next chapter. So all I can say is thank you, whether we talk or not, you have shaped me and I am getting stronger.
This will be a long and difficult journey, all I ask for is patience, understanding, and support. Every day is a battle, and not every day is good. Some days are amazing where I feel I can do anything, and some days are dark where I feel the only option is to not exist. Tomorrow is uncertain, when I wake up, I could hate myself and my life all over again, but all I can do is try to be strong, and with the proper support system, I can be. I can build myself back up to be the person I know I should be. Help me write my story into thousands more pages. Help me stand strong.
Mental illness is no joke, and it can be invisible, it just takes those who really care to help be the support as we build ourselves back up. Always be kind and show your support, for you never know what someone is going through and you could help change their life.