We’ve all heard the saying, “Everyone is addicted to something that takes away the pain.” It is often paired with black and white images of young adults and/or teens drinking, smoking, self-harming, purging their latest binge, or black tears sliding down a porcelain face. Don’t believe me? A quick search on Tumblr should prove you wrong.
This should have passed in middle school, as soon as it started. Unfortunately, mental illness does not work that way. It does not take a magic pill or a counselor to reprogram your mind: It takes yourself.
I am nearly 24. I am young at heart, but old by society's standards. I should have everything figured out, but I don't. And to me, that's okay.