I know that I’ve been a little MIA lately (again, ugh, I know.. I just can’t seem to beat the cycle and get on top of my blogging game.. one day..) and that’s because I haven’t been feeling my happiest. Of course the source of that issue is something completely separate than today’s topic, but nonetheless, it’s at least inspired me to get some thoughts down and out into the world.
In the midst of Kate Spade’s and Anthony Bourdain’s suicides, I thought it important to check in with all of you guys.
I’m fortunate and blessed that I truly don’t believe I’ve ever been depressed a day in my life. Of course I experience the ups and downs just like any one else, but it’s never handicapped me. Although I’m lucky enough to say that, that mostly is not the case when it comes to others.
In high school, I lived in a bubble. A bubble I was comfortable and happy in, but a bubble nonetheless. It wasn’t until I got to college that I met and became close with those that do have depression. Since then, I can’t claim to fully understand it; however, I’m much more aware. People can be living their best life all on the outside, but on the inside are battling something completely unbeknownst to everyone around them.
You might not know what everyone is going through. Everyone has their own story and their own problems, but unless you reach out you’ll never know. And that’s truly what I’m imploring for each and every one of you to do. Whether you are suffering from depression or not, just reach out. In the case that you fall into the former, reach out to your closest support network, you would be surprised to find out how many people care. In the case of the latter, reach out to those you might notice subtle changes in. Let them know you’re there.
It’s important to remember that there are resources available for you at all times of the day and night. I genuinely believe the stigma associated with mental illness is getting smaller each and every day. It’s okay to feel the way you do, but please don’t feel it alone.
These are just two examples of people who on the outside looked as though they had it all. Money, fame, and fortune will get you nowhere in life. Hold on to the friends and family you know are there for you, they are the gems in life.
Listen. Love. And show the world and all of its inhabitants the kindness that we all deserve.
Remember approximately 350 million people worldwide suffer from depression alone. It’s real and with all the optimism in the world amenable.
I feel as though I have a lot that I could include in this but I’m going to keep it as a brief little PSA for all y’all. In other news, we’ll be back to our regularly scheduled program here on the blog soon. I’m going to work on some new content very very soon.
Lots of love to all of you and..
Until next time,
P.S. The first designer purse I ever bought was Kate Spade. I knew I loved her quirky designs and I had waited years until I made the plunge and just got a bag. It’s my favorite purse to this day and it truly saddens me to see another fashion legend gone. That being said, I’m so proud of any Kate Spade item I’ve managed to snag over the years and I can’t wait to continue to show them off.