I have so many people who help me through my depression, and anxiety,
My best friend, my parents, even my Godchildren, it would be hard to pick just one to write a letter to. As I have been thinking about this, another question came to my mind, that question is “Who has the greatest influence or impact on my life?” The answer to that question is in the letter below.
I know you have suffered greatly with depression and anxiety; I have felt the pain and sorry that has had you paralyzed and unable to truly live the life you deserve. I want you to know how grateful I am to see you now standing on your own two feet. I know you still struggle with anxiety, but you keep fighting, and you help others who are struggling to keep up with their fights.
I know you struggle every day with loving yourself, and with excepting your talents, and gifts. One of the things I am most proud of you for is your strength and courage despite the obstacles in your way. You always keep fighting, and you get back up on your feet.
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”
This is the point where my thoughts start to go around and around “does this make me sound egotistical?” “Will I hurt someone’s feelings if I don’t write to them?” STOP!!! you Karen are important you, are strong, you are kind and caring, and YOU work the hardest every day to move forward. Do not devalue yourself by allowing those bad thoughts to take you over. How you feel about yourself is your most important weapon, and you get to chose if you use the weapon against yourself or whether you use it to build yourself and others up.
Thank you for having the strength to make it through just one more day.
Thank you for learning to take care of yourself and starting to put yourself first.
Thank you for beginning to believe you are important and you do matter.
I Love You
Karen is a great listener and a solid shoulder to lean on. She has a degree in History and English and a diploma in Counselling Skills. She struggles with Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Depression. She understands the importance of having someone to talk to about your struggles. She loves singing, researching her genealogy, cheering for her favorite hockey teams, swimming, hiking and spending time with friends.
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