About a year ago, I tweeted a little bit about my experience with depression.
I never had a history of depression, so when it hit me last year, it came out of nowhere and kind of bulldozed me sideways. My point in tweeting about it was to show that it really can happen to anyone at any time, and sometimes that’s the scary bit - trying to deal with something that you’d never anticipated before, with no knowledge of why, or how. It took a long time before I even recognized it as ‘depression’.
While it wasn’t a super long period, it was dark, and during that time it felt so empty and endless and heavy. I thought I was just stuck there for good, like I’d come to a realization that life was meaningless and hollow, and that’s just where I’d stay forever because I’d ‘figured it all out’.
And ‘it’, was shit.
But, it did come to an end. There was a light at the end of the tunnel. And I strongly believe that there ALWAYS is.
A couple days ago, I received this lovely message from a stranger on the interwebz:
Dear Jen, I have no idea if you’ll actually get this, or even take the time to read it… But if you do, I want to thank you. About a year ago, you wrote a series of tweets about how you’d experienced depression for a year out of nowhere and how there is,indeed, a light at the end of the tunnel. I experienced a similar depression throughout the past year. And now I’m finally coming out of it. It’s been a long, dark year. But reading your tweets about how it blindsided you and no matter how bad it was, there was a light at the end… Well, it really helped me. I just wanted you to know that a seemingly unnoticed tweet you made, helped a complete stranger through the darkest time in his life. Thank you Jen. Sincerely, A Grateful Stranger.
You guys, this absolutely made my day. I am SO happy that I shared my experience. I am so happy that my words were able to help you in some way, Grateful Stranger. And I am glad that you found the light at the end of your tunnel!
I strongly encourage you all to share your experiences, because you never know who you might help. <3