Part 3 - Finale
It has been an honour to write and experience your stories. I have appreciated all of them and have been humbled by this journey. These are the final stories of the strong.
Another member describes their life as one of stagnation. Due to the COVID pandemic, they have been unable to find employment. They also recently finished their second year at university. Prior to preventative measures enacted by their government, the member sold handmade resin jewellery and would draw anime illustrations for conventions as a way to make ends meet. Currently, they spend time with their partner and engage in video games as a way to pass time. They are most excited about upcoming video game releases and they are most dreading studies resuming in October. They wish everyone to be more friendly and open towards each other and believe the #reasons-why-im-depressed channel is a great tool that allows people to open up about their thoughts.
A lot of motion is taking place in this member's life, that it was difficult for them to form words. They would like to make some changes but are feeling stuck, especially with COVID. Quarantine has been very stressful for them due to the change in routine so each day has been a new reason for getting out of bed. They experience severe depression and PTSD, so everyday is a constant battle, where they feel as though they are moving the earth. They experienced a lot of trauma as a child, and was constantly in a dissociative state. They don’t have any memories of their childhood and just remember being on “auto-pilot” until Junior year of high school. They’re looking forward to marrying their fiance and starting a family. They look forward to earning a larger house with them in the countryside. Outside of HDA, they enjoy jogging with their dog, drawing, singing, dancing, and going on picnics with their fiance.
This member believes most members have already figured out what makes them tick. He or she wishes everyone to know that if they are feeling “down”, they would avoid others due to their wish not to upset anyone else. They agree they rarely open up and speak about what troubles them, but they would rather remain invulnerable, they are grateful their closest friends are able to see through those barriers this person builds. They are currently stressed due to examinations and the logistics of attending them due to COVID-19, they believe it just builds upon the other worries in their life. They are afraid they are disappointing others with their behavior or they are unable to show their worth. They have the “usual” anxiety and insecurity of not being able to live up to expectations of their parents, and they don’t want to let them down.
Thank you to HDA’s amazing members, without your contributions, I could not have done it. My goal, as stated before, was that we, as a community would show more empathy towards one another. If anyone here feels they have no one to turn to, I can assure you I will listen, and above all else, I will have some empathy.
Special thanks to the Blog Squad Team, without your contributions, this series wouldn’t have been possible.
Maddy is a member of HDA and is editor of this blog, there are many contributors on this blog, if you would like to be a contributor please contact me!
Edited by: Vibrational