BEING Young & Twenty Submission • Sophie

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Sophie Livingston
Age • 27

“I had a breakdown that kept me off work for months. I lost friends, confidence, and respect. Things have never been the same.”

I’m 27 and for 4 of years, I’ve been dealing with anxiety and depression.

My early 20s were spent working too hard and playing even harder. I eventually burned out completely. I had a breakdown that kept me off work for months. I lost friends, confidence, and respect. Things have never been the same.

BEING Young & Twenty has meant having strength in the face of despair.

I put immense pressure on myself and constantly compare myself to others.

I worry that time is running out and I haven’t achieved enough.

I feel shame for not having lived up to the expectations people had of me.

I try to have a positive outlook.

I take time alone whenever I can to recharge.

I use my creativity to give me something to focus on. I’m lucky to have a supportive, loving family and an understanding boyfriend who have stood by me no matter what.

I’ve had days, even weeks, where life didn’t feel worth living but, I’m learning to remember that I always overcome those feelings and begin to enjoy life again.

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BEING Young & Twenty Submission • Nicole

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Nicole Canovas
Feral Doe
Age • 28

“I spent so much time being embarrassed! I should’ve placed more emphasis on the fact that I was getting stuff done, rather than how I was doing it.”

At 20, I was struggling with an anxiety disorder which I still struggle with.

I’m open about it now, but it was the “skeleton in my closet.” I barely graduated High School because my teachers were convinced that my anxiety wasn’t ‘real’.

According to society, my next “step” was to go to College.

Due to finances and anxiety, I opted for Community College. This was my first step off the beaten path. Nothing went how it was supposed to from there on out.

This wasn’t a bad thing.

I’m taking online courses to finish my Bachelors.

I used to be embarrassed that my classes were online.

I spent so much time embarrassed. I should’ve placed more emphasis on the fact that I was getting stuff done, rather than how I was doing it.

There’s no “right way” to be 20.

You don’t have to go to college if your passions lie elsewhere.

Trust in yourself. Your body knows what it can handle, your heart knows what it wants, and your mind will get you there.

It’s all up to you!

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Love & Lust • Just Another Guy

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“They’ll never know the places we’ve travelled or the stories we’ve told – all while never letting go.”

Girls will meet you.

They’ll shake your hand, learn your name, and catch a glimpse of your mischievous smile.

But, they’ll never know the comfort I get when my hand is interlocked in yours. They’ll never know the places we’ve traveled or the stories we’ve told – all while never letting go.

They’ll never know the times I called your name. Laughing and kicking as I surrendered to your tickle match. They’ll never know the pain behind those late-night-calls, the times I was drunk and vulnerable at 2 a.m.

They’ll never love your smile like I do. Embracing every chance to see it shine. They’ll never know the way your voice cracks mid-laugh, nor will they understand the jokes you mutter from your half amused smirk.

To her, you are jut another handshake.

Another name. Another mischievous smile.

To her, you are just another guy.


This image was illustrated in collaboration with Lemon Chicken Por Favor

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BEING Young & Twenty Submission • Aaliyah

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Aaliyah
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Age • 21

“I have an idea of what I want to do, and who I want to be, but I’m just at the stage where I have to let go of the fears and pursue my dreams.”

I’m new to the 20’s decade. I’m 21, and what have I accomplished?

I have a Bachelor’s degree, visited a few places, and accomplished and learned a few things along the way. None of it seems that grand as to how my ’20’s’ was once perceived.

BEING Young & Twenty means enjoying life as it comes; while figuring out what you want to spend your other years doing. I have an idea of what I want to do, and who I want to be, but I’m at the stage where I have to let go of the fears and pursue my dreams.

The 20’s may seem like a stressful decade because it’s the stage between adulthood and teen, but don’t worry. Everything will work out. At least, I have hope that it will.

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Mental Health • Life Is About The Lives You’re Saving

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“You didn’t make your mistakes in pen.”

Don’t end your life short, or you’ll deprive the world of everything you have to offer.

You won’t be there to hold the door open for the fragile lady – overwhelmed with groceries. You won’t be there to smile across the subway to someone suffering Monday morning blues. You won’t tell your co-worker a joke you heard on the radio or send a contagious laugh through the coffee shop line.

Cause them tears from a punch line.
Not from their loss.

Give them smiles for your future.
Not from your memories.

Give them a hug to hold onto.
Not to remember.

Every time you feel misplaced and lost in a world where you don’t belong, remember that sometimes life is about the lives you’re saving when you don’t even think you can save your own.


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