How Do You Define Yourself Outside of Depression?

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       A little inspiration to get you over the hump!


    I was re-reading some of the posts here and I must say that some of the best ones are from members.  For example, Member Donna wrote an extremely thought provoking post entitled, "Becoming More Than a Label" where she explored the issue of identity in a very honest and profound way.  I found myself wondering the same thing arising from the very basic question of:  "Who am I?"


    Who are we beyond our labels and roles? 


    I have always felt a special kinship to Emily Dickinson when she wrote this poem:

    I'm Nobody! Who are you?

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    by Emily Dickinson


    I'm Nobody! Who are you?
    Are you - Nobody - too?
    Then there's a pair of us?
    Don't tell! they'd advertise - you know!


    How dreary - to be - Somebody!
    How public - like a Frog -
    To tell one's name - the livelong June -
    To an admiring Bog!


    There is an intimacy to that poem that I have always liked.


    Beyond your depression, anxiety, or other diagnoses...beyond your roles of adult child, parent, sister, brother, spouse, or job title....who are you?


    Look in the mirror and tell us what you see and what you feel inside.


    You can express this in a poem, a stream of consciousness writing, an image, a song, or even one word.  You are so much more than depression.  Tell us about that core part of you which defies labels.  Tell us about... you.



Published On: April 14, 2010