This is largely a collection of short poems that addresses the subject area of anxiety and depression. The aim is not just to show the dark places people go to while facing these challenges, but also to show the glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel.
I am an IT professional with no formal training in literature. I write from personal experience in the hope others can relate and perhaps benefit. Most of these poems were written in under a minute and remain unedited. I write from raw emotions, usually at a time when depression takes too much control of my life. It is essentially a type of therapy for me.
Anxiety and depression is real. It is not imagined or a phase. These challenges are not a result of a person being lazy without drive or ambition. Many people with depression are highly functional. They are the person you walk past in the street every morning. The work college you chat with in your lunch break. Anxiety and depression does not discriminate, and often has no face.
I have also included a few opinion pieces and poems on other topics. Having travelled and lived abroad for many years, I use my unique experiences to write about topics from perhaps a different perspective to most. Experiencing different cultures has changed the way I would otherwise have viewed the world.
This collection is dedicated to my four children. Leah, Brianna, Emily and Jacob. You are and always will be my reason to fight on.