has angels and demons; we all struggle with different challenges and have
different personalities. However, I have
often come across people who have battled depression and other mental plagues
that feel like their potential is limited or like they are tainted because
their mental struggle has given them an everlasting black mark. I can’t express enough how false that is. Today I am going to talk about the struggle of understanding both the good and bad and how it influences
self-worth (continued below photos).
1st “Demon” Look-Tee: c/o Indy Brand Clothing; Skirt: c/o Nephi Garcia; Heels: Chinese Laundry2nd “Angel” Look-Sequin Top: ASTR via Nordstrom Rack; Skirt: Nordstrom (similar here); Floral Headband: c/o MissSteviMarie; Necklace: c/o Marilyn and Beverly’s
Although depression has been
a huge obstacle for me, it has also been a blessing. I think a few years ago I would not have
called it a blessing, but today I do.
Depression has caused years of hurt, sadness and anxiety for me, but it
is also a fundamental part of my personality that also manifests itself in good
ways. It makes me more empathetic toward
others and instills a desire to connect with people and understand different
perspectives. My husband once asked how
I could feel so passionately about everything little thing I do and if it was
exhausting! My intense emotions often
make me extremely passionate, which has been a huge motivating factor for me in
pursuing jobs, hobbies and interests. I
am fiercely dedicated to people and things I love. My trials with depression have made me stronger
and more grateful for this life and given me determination to overcome whatever
I need to face. Depression is not
entirely dark and does not need to have a lifetime crippling effect. Instead through the ups and downs it is
possible to channel it into good characteristics. It takes time, control and practice to
understanding and identifying how it affects you. The bad will still often present itself;
however the good can manifest itself just as often.“We’ve all got both light and dark inside of us. What matters is the part we choose to act on,
that is who we really are.” Depression is not the sole definition of a
person, nor is any other struggle someone might face.
It is a part of life that can shape us, but it does not define us. We are the ones who determine what shape we
will take. Challenges can be daunting, but they do not have to be limiting. So find the good in the bad and let it shine in you until it encompasses your self-worth and you truly understand how capable and how much potential you really have.
*Religious note: When looking back on the development of my
religious beliefs, I realized that my intense emotions and passion actually made
me more open to religion. It is one of
the main factors that instilled in me such a strong testimony of Heavenly
Father, Jesus Christ and the gospel. It
has continued to drive my passion and perseverance. For that I am eternally grateful.
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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
Film. Actor: Gary Oldman. 2007.
(Yes, a Harry Potter quote 😉