You struck me during Diwali in the year 2011. The entire City of Joy was lit up while pitch black darkness loomed large on my mind. You were a loyal lover who didn’t feel like leaving me at any cost, while, on the other hand, the one I loved was getting married to someone else. How you stifled and strangled me! At times, I really felt out of breath. I felt empty. I cried, I screamed!
Years passed and I started feeling much better than before. Co-incidentally, I found a virtual friend in actress Deepika Padukone who was suffering from Depression. But the way she opened up about her condition, got over it and took her career to new heights is really worth taking a lesson or two from. From that day onwards, I became all the more determined to use you to my advantage. I started motivating myself by reading inspirational stories, positive quotes, watching comedy movies, listening to soulful music, doing some Reiki and meditation daily. I knew I would get distracted easily because of you, so I concentrated extra hard on my work, and once I started getting all praised and appreciated, that encouraged me further. In fact, I started keeping myself busy and a certain feel-good factor began working inside me. Wow! Gradually, I was actually getting rid of you.
Now, 8 years later, when I read about the same #SpreadMentalHealthAwareness and #BreakTheStigma campaigns online, I remember my old times. And what can I say except that it was a learning experience for
Now, I no longer take medicines. Yes, at times, I do feel low, but I never let the bouts of depression make me dance to your tunes. My mind no longer controls me, it is I who control it. My wish is to be a part of a social campaign like #SpreadMentalHealthAwareness someday. After all, I know what I have been through and I am sure I will be able to feel the pain of all those who are suffering, thanks to you.
Well, I conclude by saying that you have made me a better version of myself. Honestly, I do not know how good and humble I was before you came into my life. Thank you for being a great teacher!