I've always used social media as a way to connect with people and express myself when I feel a lack of or inability to do so in the "real world". It has been difficult to express the rawness of my varying emotions when all I hope
is to have is a positive impact, so I've withheld from sharing in ways that may evoke negative feelings for others. But that's not realistic. I've rationalised that when I'm going through a difficult period, I can translate those thoughts into optimism, which in turn will remind me to look at the bigger picture; the bright side. Reaching some extreme lows in recent times and struggling through this harsh but inherently beautiful world, I feel immense gratitude that there are people out there that care, support me and genuinely wish the best. I hope one day to share my darkest stories, to help people see hope and avoid making some of the same mistakes that I have. We all have to learn our own lessons, but it doesn't always have to be the hard way. It can be wonderful but brutal always looking for the good, sometimes you have to just look out for yourself. They don't teach you this shit in school, so I've tried to balance that without being completely self serving and embittered. Be careful who you trust. There are opportunists out there waiting to take advantage, and they prey on people like me who try do everything alone. If something seems too good to be true, that is often because it is. Please, protect yourselves, care about each other and think about how you actions may affect someone.