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At this point in my life…
At this point in my life at 19 years old, I have been told by those older than me that I should cherish being young. I feel the pressure to make the most of my time right now. But I struggle with my mental health, and having fun and being young all the time is just not my reality. So in times of sadness or angst, I focus on the moments of joy in my life, whatever that looks like to me. Like a flashback on a film reel, I cherish the most happy moments in my life and remember that this feeling is not permanent. I’ve come of age in an online world and I have so many of my favorite memories documented on camera. I would love to be ‘young and dumb’ as those around me expect me to be, but that is not the reality for myself and many other teenagers and young adults who battle with their mental health on a daily basis.