My First Week in the O.C.: Against the Odds

Continuation from Part 1: A Rocky Start I spent the afternoon Thursday, after returning from TN, unpacking and unboxing my essentials for the next few days. I'd gotten a call that morning from my movers, saying they'd be delivering my furniture on Sunday. This was sooner than I'd anticipated, but I liked the idea of... Continue Reading →

Self-Awareness in Depression

I have chronic anxiety and periodic depression. My anxiety is rooted in my schoolwork, research, and other aspects of my professional life. My depression is brought on by pain in my person life. Over the past few weeks, I have been struggling through a breakup from someone I really cared about. The reasons for the... Continue Reading →

I Make People Uncomfortable

I recognize that I have an imposing stature. I am 5'11" (1.80 m) tall and was, up until a year ago, fairly overweight. Outside my family, I grew up surrounded by people who were smaller than me. Between my size and my love of school, I became a social outcast at a very young age.... Continue Reading →

Seeking A Balance

I am not great at hiding my emotions. I tend to wear my heart on my sleeve. As a result, people who know me well can quickly figure out when something is wrong. At dinner with my parents last week, it didn't take long for my mother to ask what was bothering me. I'm convinced... Continue Reading →

Watching From the Sidelines

Up to now, I had never had to watch someone close to me prepare for death. I knew it would happen eventually, but I had not considered how much it would occupy my attention, now how much I could learn from it. I am now watching my godparents and my grandfather, three people I am... Continue Reading →

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