Free for a minute – Creative writing

I realized today,

that perhaps

the best gift

I could ever get

is a few minutes of freedom.

Just a little bit of time,

free of the overwhelming expectations,



bad assumptions,


or guilt

that occupies,

every minute,

every day,

every night.


Freedom to be me as I am.

Freedom to feel like I do.

Freedom to do want I want.

Freedom to say what comes to mind.

Freedom to go wherever I want.

Freedom to be with whoever I want.

Freedom to have my opinion.

Freedom from guilt about things that aren’t my fault.

Freedom from shame for things that happened, things I did and mostly things I didn’t do.

Freedom from false judgement.

Freedom to look like I do.

Freedom to exist.


Maybe this is too hard to explain,

how could you ever understand

my desperate want,

maybe need,

to be free

to just be me

as I am,


and still,

be accepted,


and have a place in the world.


Submitted by Julie to be published under, It’s Time To Get Honest, name.

What Depression Looks Like In Real Life.

Some people believe that depression is merely the blues, or feeling blah, and thinking negatively. These same people will often be the ones to suggest that if you think more positively or just get outside or exercise it will improve.


Depression is a chemical reaction and disturbance in your brain that can’t be shaken away with a few positive thoughts or sweaty exercises.

Even if the depression is the natural result of illness, trauma, or any toxic occurrence the brain has been chemically changed. It’s never in the person’s imagination or because of their attitude!

Depression is real and it hurts like a bitch.

Unlike an image that went around the web a while ago which showed depression as feeling like watching paint dry, depression is much more aggressive, damaging, and just as painful as anything physical injury.

Depression changes the way you think which in turn affects how you feel.

Here are some REAL symptoms and examples of depression and how it looks in real life;

  • An apathy that can be so overwhelming that the person can’t roll over in bed or get up to go to the bathroom.
  • Constant feelings of immense doom.
  • Periods of severe agitation and anger.
  • Periods of extreme exhaustion and weakness.
  • An underlying,  persistent, and severe, self-hatred.
  • Constant overwhelming guilt.
  • A gut-wrenching sadness that can’t be relieved.
  • A tremendous fear of having to continue to live like this and an overbearing fear of death at the same time.
  • Physical pains of many kinds.
  • Oversleeping and insomnia.
  • Overeating and not being able to eat.
  • Crying that won’t stop and feels as if one’s soul is broken.
  • Immense feelings of abandonment and loneliness.
  • Extreme ruminating.
  • Not being able to stop damaging thought-cycles.
  • Unreal perceptions of doom, rejection, and paranoia.

Despite all of the above, in atypical depression, there may be moments of being okay, like laughing at a joke from a friend. If a depressed person experiences breakthroughs like this it does not mean they are faking it or are all better.

Depressed people aren’t selfish, or self-centered, they’re sick. And sick of being sick.

Depression is real; it’s like having a virus inside you that is continually pumping its venom through you, and it won’t retreat.

Of course, there are many other symptoms that can be attributed to depression, but above are listed some of the lesser-acknowledged ones.

If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms, don’t ignore them thinking that they will go away. Get them help.

Because depression is a killer, literally.

Depression Is Pain

In depression, everything is pain.
Even showers are pain.
Water hitting your skin hurts,
seeing your naked body disgusts.
It’s all pain.

Inspired by the writing of Natasha Tracy and her incredible book, Lost Marbles, which we highly recommend as a must read to everyone who has depression and/or bipolar disorder AND their loved ones.

Do We Ever Run Out Of Tears? ~ Quote

“Do we ever, actually, run out of tears?”

~original image quote inspired by the incredibly brave women of who do indeed despite initial fears, stop crying, stand up strongly, and move on truimphantly.