“Writing is a way for me to escape reality and express my inner self. As a big introvert, externally expressing myself does not come easy, and I do all I can to avoid it. But, as I still am human, or at least I’m pretty sure I am, I need a way to connect with reality; in doing so, I must escape it to remind myself that I am experiencing it. During most situations, I keep my thoughts, opinions, and especially feelings to myself. So, I’m like a robot on the outside, but an emotional idealist on the inside. When writing, I feel within my element and can be utterly and shamelessly me.Briona Perry, Student
I want to get more involved with society. And I know, I said I’m a big introvert, so this is a big step for me. So what kind of involvement do I mean? There’s so much I want to do and there are so many aspects of myself I want to explore, but nothing is stopping me except for myself. For example, I love sports. The way athleticism and pure determination dictates how we can perform physically is amazing to me. One sport in particular that I have grown fond of is volleyball, so I’m trying get more involved with that. However, in order to become more involved in my interests, I must invest the time and effort, or in other words, make space!
Making space to attend to my mental health is crucial. I was diagnosed with anxiety only 2 years ago, and it has dictated how I function in life. I’m medicinally treated and have only recently sought out therapy. A big shock, I know, but expressing myself to a stranger has actually been beneficial. Through my struggles and battle with anxiety I have learned more about myself and my surroundings that I wouldn’t have without it. Anxiety has been a controlling force in my life for far too long, and I’m ready to become stronger and continue to grow from it.”
Share your journey and why this is important to you
I have valued writing since my time in elementary school. I loved crafting stories and coming up with whatever crazy plots my little inexperienced mind could create. My passion for writing intensified as I grew older, and it wasn’t until the end of my freshman year of high school that I realized I could pursue a career in writing. However, along with growing older comes growing responsibilities and worries, so I found myself writing less and less every day. I want to change this— I need to change this; I want to become a writer after all!
Well, I’m an introvert who likes to avoid as much human interaction as possible, most times anyways. But there’s also a part of me buried deep down inside that wants to break free and become more involved with the world. So, I’m pushing myself and trying to find a way to start doing the things I want to do and the things that would benefit me. It’s scary to think about, but I’m ready to become more involved with myself and this fascinating world.
Mental health has been an issue since before I even knew it. When I decided I wanted to diagnose my symptoms, it was externally life changing. Everything I was going through internally was the same, but the people who were close to me now knew of my condition. They didn’t understand and they can never fully understand, but they listen and support me. There were times when I thought I would never get better and that I would just have to accept what I am going through and let it be. But I continue to have hope and I’m getting better one step at a time.
How would you like to inspire others?
I find that words can be a powerful, guiding force; and I’m best at expressing myself through written word. Unfortunately, though, I don’t make space to express myself and end up feeling alone and defeated. I have many ideas, opinions, and experiences that I would like to share through my writings that hopefully resonate with my readers. If I were to make space for writing and in turn, help those who are either going through similar things or who are feeling the same ways to make space in their lives for what matters to them, it would be a mind-boggling duality of service and fulfillment.
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