Following is my story via Zoom, from a Coffee and Conversation event with Mental Health America of Central Carolinas June 2020.
It's about facing fears and finding my own super powers. COURAGE IS CONTAGIOUS.
My new label Courageous Superhero, and my superpowers are depression and anxiety.
My story is about silence, stigma, and stubbornness.
It’s also about becoming my authentic self for probably the first time in my life.
It’s about going from the 2/3rds who never seek treatment for mental illness due to fear and stigma, to raising my hand, and my voice to join the 1 and 5 who suffer from a mental illness.
I no longer fear the labels I embody them.
I no longer fear the depression I embrace it.
I no longer fear the anxiety I acknowledge it for what it’s trying to teach me about my body and boundaries.
I no longer fear being “found out” … because…
Hi Ya'll...This… IS … ME!
I am a VICTOR... no longer a victim of my life.
These labels are now my super powers. Not my cross to bear.
I encourage you to fight with me NOW.
Don’t wait decades as I did.
I do this now because courage is contagious.
Until we all find the courage inside of us to realize we are not broken, none of us are, that we are all wonderfully and beautifully made…
I may not be where I want to be, but at least I am not where I was.
I am actually a survivor. A survivor of mental & ancestral trauma, A survivor of domestic violence, a survivor of suicide, a survivor of depression, a survivor of low self esteem, a survivor.
I am a Courageous super hero – with some pretty amazing super powers called anxiety, and depression.
COURAGE IS CONTAGIOUS!
Today and everyday I wake up and CHOSE to be a VICTOR...
YOU CAN TOO!!!!
If you need help reach out!
Let me help you ignite the superpowers that are inside of you.
“Where you stumble and fall, there you will find gold." - Joseph Campbell
About the photos below, another tool in my healing journey.
Taking pictures was always something I did in order to face my fears, get out of my head and back into my feet. What I later realized while compiling Speaking of Radial Tires (a book of pictures and prose), it was a way for me to regain my power, and my inner strength from a life of codependency. In my travels the Universe never disappointed, and always provided. Photography helped me to know what my full body yes feels like. I am grateful for that.