Mental Health Check

Howdy y'all. As many of you know, I have recently picked up an amazing internship opportunity with the Office of Strategic Communication here at Wichita State University. What some of you may not know, though, is that on Wednesday, October 9, we lost an outstanding member of our team. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. While I didn't know him well, this loss has still brought back some pretty dark memories that I believed I was finished dealing with. Having something like this happen so close has been tough. Thankfully, I have an amazing support system from my family, to my coworkers in the office, and our university has a phenomenal Care Team. I don't remember the last time I went to counseling, but I've finally convinced myself that it'd be helpful for me, and I'll be going tomorrow.

The point of this post is to let you know that life happens. You can feel on top of the world, thriving even (as I have been lately) and then suddenly you're knocked on your ass. It's not all sunshine and rainbows all of the time. With that being said, I'm so thankful for my support system as well as my craft. I have been working alone in the photography dark room for the last 3 and a half hours and it has been absolutely therapeutic. Having the opportunity to do what I love here at the University is something that I will forever be grateful for. I know that at 19, I don't have much life wisdom; however, I have learned one integral key to happiness so far -- Don't sacrifice what you love doing, under any circumstances (unless it's something awful like heroin, don't do heroin).

In conclusion, I'm going through it. Regardless, though, I'm doing okay. I'm happy, I'm healthy, and I'm doing what I love and I'm thankful for all of the support I have in the different aspects of my life.

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