When I started this blog nearly 4 months ago I wanted to remain completely anonymous. If someone had told me back then that I would be posting photos of myself on here I would never have believed them. Back then, I was embarassed that I was struggling so much with mental illness.
One of the reasons I want to post these particular photos of me is to show that people with depression and anxiety don’t spend their days looking miserable. When I decided to tell family members in Australia that I have depression and anxiety, they were genuinely shocked. They said that they had no idea or didn’t suspect anything.
I am now able to talk more openly and honestly about how I am with the people in my life I trust. My view is that if being mentally ill makes others uncomfortable it is their issue not mine.
With some police at Surfer’s Paradise
Chilling with Pilot, Emma’s Shar Pei
At Australia Zoo
In Sydney near the Harbour Bridge
Dave took these straight after my Meet the Dolphins experience
I still have days when I find it hard. When I would rather stay in bed all day or not bother seeing people. Little things can require a lot of energy. But I refuse to let anxiety and depression define me.