Living With Depression: Lesson #2

When you have depression, everybody becomes a liar.

Your friends lie to you. Continue reading Living With Depression: Lesson #2

Living With Depression: Lesson #1

When you realize what a good, even beautiful, day it is / has been, a part of your brain might suggest that, Hey, it is a good day to die.

Not to kill yourself. Just to die. Continue reading Living With Depression: Lesson #1

Two Practical Tips If Your Loved One Has Cancer

I’m so down. My mom underwent surgery last week to remove several masses from her abdomen. They also took out her spleen. Initial biopsy results showed she has cancer. So there. I remembered that your mom also had cancer. I want to ask your advice on how I should take and handle this. It’s crazy…”
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What is your DEFAULT Emotion?

If you haven’t seen Inside Out yet, go watch it on Netflix or something ASAP. It’s a cartoon with a story that only adults would get. Check out the film plot here then come back here to read the rest of the post. :P

While watching Inside Out, my roomies and I started naming people that every “emotion/character” reminded us of. We joked how people, including us, may have a “default emotion” —a state that has become a distinct part of our personality and behaviour. When my friend asked me, “Which emotion are you?” I quickly—and with utmost certainty—replied: Continue reading What is your DEFAULT Emotion?

Are you an Empathizer? Or a Sympathizer?

When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand.

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Try Killing Yourself To Live

I’ve only recently learned how to swim with my head above the water, practicing at least once a week in the pool. When I told my friends how I almost drowned twice while practicing in the deep pool (1.8m), one of them asked: “Why would you swim in the deeper pool when it’s safer for you in the more shallow pool?”  Continue reading Try Killing Yourself To Live

Are You The Person Your Parents Raised You To Be?

“If you have one parent who loves you, even if they can’t buy you clothes, they’re so poor and they make all kinds of mistakes and maybe sometimes they even give you awful advice, but never for one moment do you doubt their love for you—if you have this, you have incredibly good fortune. Continue reading Are You The Person Your Parents Raised You To Be?

The Truth Leads To You

art_411_01“This is how you survive the unsurvivable, this is how you lose that which you cannot bear to lose, this is how you reinvent yourself, overcome your abusers, fulfill your ambitions and meet the love of your life: by following what is true, no matter where it leads you.”

Augusten Burroughs, This Is How

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