Hope Clayton, Staff Writer

At one point or another, everyone has a time in their life when they feel alone. It’s a part of life. We feel like no one will understand, or maybe even that no one cares. We simply feel lost, broken, and afraid. Sometimes these feelings are triggered by breakups or the loss of a loved one, but for some of us they just occur and we do not understand why. That can be how it is for me. Living with depression and anxiety can feel like a nonstop battle that you always have to deal with. You do not want to get out of bed, you do not want to be active; simply put, you do not want to deal with life. You have to learn how to push through and handle it. You have to find the positive buried in the negative. Things can be very gloomy, dark, and scary when you are in the middle of a storm, but you have to learn how to “dance in the rain.” Within the last year or so, I have done a lot to try to figure out who I am and to find myself. Often times I have felt alone, broken, and lost, but it was during those times that I realized who I am, and I learned that even when everything seems to be going wrong, there will always be an upside. I have had many things in my life that have impacted me both in the positive ways and in the negative, but nothing has impacted me more than my friends. They have showed me that I should never be ashamed of who I am. They have shown me love when I needed it most. They have been shoulders for me to cry on. They have given me advice when I needed it and sometimes they would simply be an ear for me to speak to. I always struggled with self worth and self love, but my friends would help me with it. Because of them I learned to accept myself for who I am; I learned to love myself.