I usually tell my friends and family many things, but what most people don’t know is that I’ve been through clinical depression before. It was just last year, actually, and I still feel its shadow creeping up on me at times and clawing at my soul, trying to pull me back into the depths of darkness. That might sound kind of weird, but it’s true. Having depression is horrible, and for the longest time I didn’t know what to do about it. I felt like the most worthless person in the world, and that I didn’t deserve anything for myself. My grades started dropping, I got into fights with family members. It was quite a low point in my life, and it just wasn’t the greatest time of my life. But thankfully, it didn’t last forever. I talked to people about my situation, read stories online about people who went through even worse depression than I did, and as I did so, slowly I slowly started to recover. I started putting my life into perspective and focusing on the things I really cared about. Whenever I’m having a horrible day, or I’m feeling stressed because of school or personal issues, I still feel like I’ll fall back into my depression. But I try not to let it get to me, because I know that there are so many things I want to accomplish. If I keep worrying about my depression, then I’ll never achieve my goals and ambitions. So if you’re going through depression, or just having a bad day, remember that there are more important things to worry about, and that it isn’t the end. Think about your friends, your family, and what you hope to achieve. Think about the places you have visited, the places you have yet to visit, the people you have met and the people you have yet to meet. You have so much of your life ahead of you- don’t give that up. Stay strong, and you’ll find your hope, just like I did.