It’s excruciatingly hard for some young women to breathe. Anxiety, self-doubt, sadness. Comparisons to others. Fear. Depression. Pictures of other people’s superiority. Hurtful words echoing in your head. Cringing at yourself and what you did wrong, if only I had. Thoughts, threats, or actions that you can’t believe are really yours. Fear that you’ll never feel joy again; that it will always be this way.
This is for young women having a hard time, and I will keep this short:
You are unique. You are worthy. You are important.
Your brain is playing tricks on you, and it’s not your fault. You can get better.
There’s nothing shameful about therapy or mental health support. Accessing professional help does not make you a failure or a weirdo; it is a step forward to the triumph you deserve. Please, do the things with your head held high.
You are worth it. Your life is worth it. It can get better. It is a hard road. It is worth it.
I am grateful for people with depression who choose to keep going. I am especially empathetic to young women who feel awful and alone, and I want you to know that your dignity, self-worth, and liberation is at the core of what I am fighting for as a feminist.
I see you. I believe in you. You sticking up for yourself is my favorite thing.