Recently, I hit 400 followers and I wanted to thank everyone new who’s come across The Comic Vault. As part of a cathartic process and because I want to keep the topic going about depression in young men, I’ve been giving insights into my personal life. Back in January, I posted an article about how I was feeling very low in myself. I didn’t have a job, I had feelings of worthlessness and I felt trapped inside a rut I couldn’t break out of.
Fast forward a few months and I have a full-time job as a copywriter, which is the industry I’ve always wanted to be in. I’ve passed my Masters in Creative Writing and my graduation ceremony is in July. The Comic Vault was recognised as one of the top comic blogs on the internet. I’ve had new poems published and my first novella is coming out later this year as part of an anthology. I’ve made a few new friends and life is generally a lot brighter.
Talking and writing about the positive things is a good reminder of the progress I’ve made and how I want to keep moving forward. I know in my head that I still need to get comfortable with certain things, but for the first time in my life I genuinely feel like there’s a light at the end of my tunnel.
I’ve learned that I’ve become so focused on finding happiness in other people that I’ve lost sight of trying to find it in myself. I think that’s the hardest thing for anyone to do. I’m not there yet but this summer feels like the start of something good.
Thank you again to everyone who has followed me and continues to read my posts. And if there are any other guys out there who feel low in themselves then please remember that you are worth it. Tell it to yourself every day. Talk about your depression with someone you feel comfortable with. Put it out in the open and face it until it starts to lose power.
I understand that feeling and if anyone needs someone to talk to about it then you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org