The most inspirational email I have ever received:
Hello my name is Silvia. I was writing to u because I don’t understand how depression makes u gain weight. People say u r being selfish that u don’t understand the situations people r going thrue. Let me tell u a little about me. I was rape by grad father when I was little for 5 years. Then my parents move me to the states. And I was happy for a year an half. Then my dad rape me from age 11 to 17. Finally left after that. Then I got marry not 3 years into my marriage my husband left me for my sister. His mom took my kids because I couldn’t support then I was illegal couldn’t work could get an apartment. I am very smart I have dreams. I always wanted to be a nurse. But can’t go to school didn’t have papers just complete high school. It hurt to know that people have the opportunity to go to school and didn’t go an me what want to go so bad can. I kept working illegally to fix my papers. Finally did. Now I work in a engineering yeah and I am a woman. Yeah I was sad alot but instead of letting life beat me down I fought back with everything I had. I thought if I stay here sad nothing is going to change. I always thought u change your thinking. You change your world. I never done drugs. I just kept going everytime I felt bad I would say like Doris on finding nemo. You know what u have to do when life get u down? He said I don’t want to know. Just keep swimming just keep swimming. Lol. Or I listen to the movie rocky balboa. When he said. The world is not sunshine and rainbow is a mean and nasty place. Nothing is going to hit u as hard as life. But is not about how hard u get hit it’s about about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward how much u can take and keep going forward. That’s how winning us done. Or when Mohammad Ali said. I will show u how great I am. Anyways sorry for being so long. So yeah I don’t understand I hate when people say. I just stop caring because I got rape. I dont have sympathy for that reason. I got rape by people that should have love me the most. U just have to angry and keep going. So I agree with u its a state of mind. I am poor. My parents didn’t help me at all. If I didn’t do something find a way I don’t know where I would be. I didn’t have a choice to be sad. I wanted my life to change more than anything.
Everyone has a difficult life. That’s why I always said don’t judge someone because u never walk in their shoes. I read alot and was looking for answers how other people feel and I bump into your article. People need to know that if you don’t make a change you will regret it for the rest of your life. But if you can’t do it you gave it your all and then some. You have nothing good too loose but everything to gain.
I thank God for where I am. Yeah its difficult but everyday is a new day. God helps people but people have to help themselves. I thank God for many night that I drove without a license. Never got into an accident or tickets. He protected me. O I didn’t say this but I also have never been in trouble with the law. Never been to jail. When I was at my lowest point I would read. Footprints in the sand. I can’t even read the whole poem because it makes me try just to even think about it.
Let me tell u something funny my church try to send me to a therapist I when. She wanted to talk about how everything was affecting me talk about the experience. She wanted to know all the details of the events. I told her. She wanted to know deeper how that made me feel. I literally told her why? I don’t want to live in the past. I can’t change it it’s over its gone it happen. I want to talk about my future what can I do to improve my future. She said but you r probably doing things that affect u unconscious. I said no and I left. Sure she knew about this stuff she has study no disrespect to her and her career. But I didn’t see the point in staying in the past.