Eight: Dear Family

You did not fail with me.

You raised me to be a good person, to love people without judgement and to appreciate everything this life gives us. You taught me to be optimistic and look for the positive in every situation. You raised me to be humble and kind. Thank you.

While these stories I share are entirely true, they are not meant to make anyone feel sad or upset... this is not a pity party, it's a liberation... of all the things we keep hidden, torturing ourselves behind the scenes because it's "not okay" to speak out about how we feel. But we should, and this is me doing just that, no matter how silly it may seem.

Our journeys are all different and entirely unique to us, and growth comes in many shapes and forms. By sharing how I feel behind the curtain, maybe, just maybe, others will too... because it is okay, and I know I'm not the only one who struggles.

Writing has always been my way of self expression. And while I used to share only the uplifting content, these types of posts would still be written, but just kept hidden.

Over the past year however, the urge to share them has been getting stronger and stronger, and it feels like the right thing to do. So here I am, revealing all of me.

I love you, please do not be upset. Be proud that I have the courage to share these things. My hope is that I may one day be a voice for those too afraid to speak.

REVEALED is a series aimed to expose the truth that we often hide or are too afraid to share. Here I write about my journey through anxiety, depression, addiction, self esteem and body image issues in a series of ongoing short stories based on my real life experiences. Why do I share this? Because I'm not alone in these feelings and it's important for others to know they're not alone either. There is a way out.