I write this letter to inform you that you are not alone. We deal with depression also, and to be honest, when you are a creative, depression tends to come with the territory. It’s not something that we speak about much and definitely not in the black community, but it’s real.
It’s real but yet it’s ignored or mislabeled. It’s the reason why some turn to drugs to numb themselves or commit suicide. Unfortunately, a lot of us suffer in silence, not knowing how to talk about it or who would understand. But because of your courage to be vulnerable, we too can speak out and face it head-on.
You can call it a creative, an entrepreneur, a boss, whatever name you see fit. But what most people see is the glam of the creative life and want in, not knowing all that comes with this lifestyle. However, the truth of the matter is that it comes with pressure, can be hard, lonely, and that’s when depression creeps in.
Depression can make you feel low, hold you captive, and make you feel as though no one cares about you. But because you spoke out about it along with others, it can no longer hide in the shadows. One of the most powerful things a person can do is expose darkness with light, the moment that darkness is exposed it must flee.
You shined a light on an area that's not spoken about much but because of your courage and vulnerability, it must flee.
If no one else is standing with you, I’m here!
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