Discussion of news topics with a point of view, including narratives by individuals regarding their own experiences

Growing up, I always tried to be the perfect child.

Living my life so rigidly filled me with anxiety that I still carry with me today.

I worried that if I let go the whole world would come crashing down and it would be all my fault.

As I grew older I tried to find the pivotal turning point in my life where I went from happy carefree kid to worrisome young adult.

I used to hide my dad’s addiction. Now I can talk about it, but I’m still learning how to cope.

Recently, I realized I needed to let go of the weight of this secret

I used to think I wasn’t like other girls. Here’s why that was all wrong.

A lot of us are conditioned to be unhappy with the idea of being a woman

I felt disoriented and lost after being raped. Here’s how I found my way back to happiness.

I’m not here to tell you what to do or how to feel, but I’d like to offer what helped me most