May 18 / Growing Up

LLP: Living up to the expectations of others can take a toll on one’s own personal happiness. Read this author’s story on escaping their obstacle of caring too much. 

When I was just 15, I got my first job at a well known fast food restaurant. From the beginning, I loved it. I met some awesome new people and making money was FUN! Generally, I’m a hard worker. So everyday when I went in, I took care of everything I knew needed to be done. I did that for about eight months.

In December, when I turned 16, I was finally trained to learn how to do the more, “grown-up” stuff there. It went great, I loved my job even more. Also at this point, I was already close with everyone there Read the Post To the person who cares too much

LLP: Growing up with strict parents may leave you feeling trapped, but this author lends some words of advice on what he’s come to realize and appreciate of his parents’ tough love.

Alright, so one of the biggest challenges I have had in my life, and still struggle with sometimes, is having parents that are way too strict on me. My mom is a teacher and my dad didn’t really have a father figure when he grew up so he doesn’t have much to look up to. Dad does his best and I know my mom loves me very much, but all the time it is like they won’t let me do near as much as I should be able to do. Read the Post Growing Up

Four Walls

LLP: Do you feel trapped within your own room, alone with your feelings? This young author shares their story of feeling alone and how they overcame their depressive state. 

Same house, same four walls that I see on the week and weekend days. This is my seventh grade year.

Three years ago, my emotions started to change. I started to feel ways I have never felt before; sometimes as I was looking at my four walls, I would think a lot. I had thoughts that grew more and more, but I didn’t talk to anyone about it. Read the Post To Those Who Feel Alone

Every “I Love You” Isn’t Real

LLP: This young author shares her story on dealing with an unhealthy relationship that led to anxiety attacks and depression. As her letter shows, you too can get out. 

 

Most people think that it is easy to just jump into a relationship. No, not at all. It isn’t easy. Trust me, I know. You have to be friends before anything. I see a majority of people now today just switching boyfriends more than they change their clothes.  Read the Post Story on Unhealthy Relationships

May 3 / Anxiety

Dear introverts that can’t accept it,

LLP: This author shares their story and feelings on facing social settings as in introvert. It’s tough not being able to open up as easily as others, but know that you’re not the only one who feels this way. 

Too often people get pushed to do things they don’t necessarily want to do. For quiet individuals, it is talking. I have struggled with just wanting to be left alone with my thoughts, especially during school. I also know how it is to just want to be around people that are like me, so I can feel more comfortable with myself. I had grown to dislike being around people who are outgoing, because I hated not being able to open myself up like them and join the fun of the classroom or anywhere else that required interaction with individuals whom I didn’t know personally. Read the Post Dear Introverts