I came to this site for the very first time just this morning, overwhelmed by my own mental health and emotional struggles (that I can’t detail in this particular thread). But when I looked at the first page of this message board for the first time, I saw a stream of topics from people treading deep water in their own heads. People that remind me of myself, unable to realize how to make it. That wasn’t the support I was expecting, and instead now my heart reaches out for them. But one thing it also did also was remind me that a way to find relief from your own struggles, is to reach down and pull up others going through similar things, let them do the same for you, and come out stronger together. Let someone borrow what’s left of your dwindling strength, as they let you borrow theirs. Now you’re both twice as strong as you were before.
It seemed to me since before I learned about this site, that there’s a reason emotional health and HS is strongly connected with punk and hardcore bands, even going beyond Jake Luhrs. The people who associate with this music, even us here in all our exposed vulnerabilities, we are traditionally known to be rebels. We band together, as few as we might be, who cares, ignoring the odds, just STRONGLY convicted by our beliefs of what the truth is and reality should be, and push back against expectations of the wrong. Well the wrong in this case is our struggles. We’re going to be happy, we’re going to survive, against the odds, against the pain. because its what’s fair, and because it’s what were going to fight for.
At some point there will be someone reading this that isn’t sure how they’ve even made it through the last few days, and how they’re going to make another one. I’ll tell you how: You’re so much STRONGER than you ever imagined. You want know how I know? Because there are many others who, if they dealt with the complete GARBAGE that you just have, would be shriveled up and dried out already. But here you are, having navigated the mess around you today, and actively gathering the support to continue to fight on tomorrow. You’re not only incredible, your story is unique, and needs to be told. It will inspire someone else, and trust me, knowing what you have gone through has helped someone make it through their struggle, (who can then help another) will get you through more than a couple of days of treading pain.
So this message board was designed to be a parachute for those of us in free-fall to collapse. But it’s also right now only filled with all the horrible things that life has done to us, and I would like to make it a large safety net as well, to catch and display positive stories for people falling to grasp onto, before they hit the ground. If you’ve survived through a episode of clinical depression, if you have beat drug addiction, if you have overcome day of emotional distress brought on by UNFAIR life circumstances, even if you just share positive song lyrics that can soothe the heart of people going through destruction, please share your story. We are fighters. We will grow stronger together, and over come.
I love you all. You have made it. You will make it. And someone else in pain will make it because of you.
Please share your story or motivations here if you think it will help someone. Because it will even if you think it doesn’t. It will help me, if nobody else. <3