As we’ve seen over the last few days, there’s a lot of bad in this world. There’s a lot of pain, heartache, death, sorrow, and unhappiness.
All my life, I’ve experienced hardships that no one should have to go through. There’s a lot of things people know about me. For years, I constantly felt like this world wasn’t worth living. That the world would be better off without me, or that the world is too hard, or that life isn’t worth living. I’ve struggled with depression ever since puberty, and I’ve spent years trying to figure out what was “wrong” with me. I looked at the world and thought it was a horrible place.
While the world is often times a bad place, and sometimes the bad seems override the good, this song helped me remember that life IS worth living.
We all have choices. As I said in a previous post I made, in this world there’s good and evil. Sometimes the lines blur. Sometimes it can be hard to get yourself out of depression. Sometimes it can be hard to see all these shootings, all these deaths, all this chaos, and even things in our personal lives that make life even more difficult.
One thing I’ve learned over the last two years is that I have the power to make a difference. I have the power to change lives. Every single one of us can make a difference. Often times the only thing holding us back is ourselves. We believe we’re not good enough. We believe that because our reach is so small, it won’t make any real difference.
But if everyone took it upon themselves to be better people, the world would be a better place. Instead of giving up, we have to fight. Instead of saying it’s not worth it, we have to battle. Our lives are exactly that. OURS. Even when the world seems like a very dark place, as long as you’re a part of the light, the world will never be fully dark.
So in the words of Flyleaf, “Arise and be all that you dreamed.” Be a better you. Make the world a better place. The power is in your hands. What will you choose to do with it?
A few days ago on my Facebook page I announced that I would be writing a new book for Spring 2016. This new book is my next contemporary young adult novel, The Long Road Home. While there is no official synopsis yet, this is the one I have.
Brooke never meant to survive. She hoped that the suicide attempt would end all of her suffering. After years of rejection, pain, and heartbreak, she feels as though she’s not good enough for anyone. Now she’s stuck in a hospital, being forced to take antidepressants and is getting therapy for her issues.
And she hated it until she met him.
Now Brooke must remember the past in order to better her future, while trying to keep her feelings for the new patient in check. In this heartbreaking novel, a young girl will laugh, cry, and fight to find her way home to the one place she’s never really let anyone in–her own heart.
This book is going to be something different for me, but I am all about taking risks. My hope is that it reaches to many people who struggle with the same issues Brooke has and that it can shed some light for those who haven’t dealt with these issues before.
The Long Road Home is scheduled to release in February/March 2016. The book can now be marked as “to-read” on Goodreads as well!