Have you ever looked closely at the joins of her fingers? Specifically at the connection between her metacarpals and proximal phalanges. Two or three of them have these little bumps, protruding. Mum mentioned it was arthritis.
My mum and my dad felt that they weren’t ready to go through another pregnancy so soon, so Mum terminated it. In 1992, Mum and Dad did feel that they were ready, and so I was born.
17-year-olds don’t hear any of this. 17-year-olds are conditioned into thinking of first-year as 12 months of partying and self-discovery, of one last gasp of reckless youth before it all slips away. University appears to be both the most responsible and most fun option.
I was thinking about opinions recently, and I realised that the kinds of opinions I generally believe to be Good and Insightful are held by women.
What comes immediately to mind when you hear the word ‘Africa’? Be honest.
It was never meant to be me. My life was mapped out. Go straight from high school to university, graduate with top marks, have a high-powered career. I was the smart one, the successful one. Not the crazy one.
The support you provide someone who is suffering from depression is invaluable. No one person, however, can provide a ‘cure’; it is important to realise that the most positive way to contribute to someone else’s wellbeing is to look after your own
In the process of preventing my illness from defining me, am I supposed to excise its importance in my life entirely? I think often about how my mental illness has developed me as a person.
When my boyfriend and I had been dating for about two months, I did what I’d been dreading. I anxiety-ed in front of him. He told me his grades and I absolutely panicked.