Hey, I’m Elizabeth. I’m a 30-something living in Cape Town, South Africa. For many years anxiety and depression have been a part of my life. They don’t define me, but at times they do make life more challenging. At my lowest, I’m trapped in bed, too exhausted to face the world, even though I’ve slept for hours on end. On better days, I try to find pleasure in the small – even mundane – parts of life, and to do the things that make me happy. It’s not easy and it may be a lifelong battle.
Why I write
Talking about mental disease is important. Depression makes me want to cut myself off from the world and not feel worthy of it. Writing is one way to cope, and it also reinforces my belief that we need to talk about mental illness and fight stigma.
There’s so much bullshit and negativity in the world and it’s easy to get weighed down. This is my haven. Welcome and feel free to join the conversation.