Growing Through Depression With The Right Mindset
Hey, my name’s Peter.
I run my own blog and email list, and I feel accomplished doing so!
But it wasn’t always like this. It took a lot of determination and perseverance. I went through hardship after hardship, even going as far as a very, very deep depression.
But I overcame it all, and this is my story.
Let’s start at the beginning, where change, or lack thereof, began to appear; my childhood.
I was raised very well. My mother is an absolute angel. She taught me to be mature and honest. I owe the person I am today largely to her amazing job raising me! But it wasn’t a simple, clean-cut “good” childhood. I had a very, very rocky time at school. Being an Egyptian immigrant to Montreal as a 6-year-old child, I didn’t have much going for me.
I had to go through the whole “meeting other kids” process. It wasn’t easy, but I did end up with a nice little group of friends in elementary. Most of my free time was spent on the family computer though, I loved (and still love) video games! Actually, video games have been where I found solace for a long time.
Unfortunately, I transferred schools in 5th grade, entering a completely different environment. I had no friends again, I was overweight, and I had a distinct lack of social etiquette. You can imagine how that went.
Nevertheless, high school was where things began to change seriously. I was still overweight, but I met a really nice group of friends! I started growing as a person, acknowledging the world around me and the forces governing it.
After high school, at 17 years old, things began to accelerate…
This is where things started getting ugly.
See, I was always a great student, I had great grades and the teachers loved me! But everything changed when it came time to go to college. It was a serious shock to me, I became a completely different person over the span of 17-19.
The change that came into my life like magic was unbelievably good! It resulted in the person I am today, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Despite what I think, it wasn’t all good, as a matter of fact, it all started with the name of the game…
This is where things get interesting and the change in my life starts to accelerate. I was a terrible student. I completed a very limited number of classes, it was as if my world had begun collapsing upon itself.
The great student in me disappeared, completely. It took me over a year of aimlessness to figure out who I really was. At this point in the story, I’m about 18 years old. I realised that I wasn’t lacking ability. I wasn’t inadequate or anything, I just lacked motivation.
I didn’t go to college because I simply saw no reason to. After having my hand held throughout high school, frankly, I was fed up. I wanted my freedom!
But most of all, I knew what I didn’t want: To work a job for the rest of my life. It appeared to me as education was a system that forms you into the ideal worker. But I was determined to make my own success!
Looking back, I now know that I was extremely immature. But after this deep, dark depression, as always, a great light began to shine!
The Past Year
I’m a 19-year-old entrepreneur, so all of this is still very recent to me. After even more failures, both educational and entrepreneurial, I finally escaped my depression. I can’t put my finger on exactly what got me out, but it did happen relatively recently.
Initially, I thought I was mature enough to go back to school, but I just couldn’t get myself to take it seriously. But I found an alternative, studying! I had already tried college online, but it didn’t work for me. Now, I’m fully focused on completing my education while simultaneously working on my blog and my email list!
Oh, and I’m also at a normal weight.
Really, all that changed my mindset. And that’s exactly why I write about mindset three times a week, if not more. Having gone through this journey, I now understand the power of shifting into the right mindset. It’s unbelievable how much influence we exert on our own lives, our own happiness.
It’s now my ultimate mission to help people who are feeling the same way I was. Using my own experience, I know I can help others!
And I firmly, wholeheartedly believe that anyone can achieve anything they set their mind to.
So, keep your head up.
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