I have been slowly writing up and posting my entire life story to this blog over the past five days. At first I was pretty nervous about it; I’m essentially letting the whole world know my darkest times, saddest and happiest moments, the mistakes I’ve made and the extent of my depression, which I didn’t really reveal to even my friends. It terrified me, but I knew that was why I needed to do it. I think in acknowledging and beating depression, facing up to your feelings is the first step. (I am not talking about clinical depression here, which is something I don’t have any knowledge of) I am not trying to get people to feel sorry for me by telling them about my life, quite the opposite in fact. I want to show that I have been through some things, and I know they are no better or worse than anyone else’s, but to show that I am coming through my struggles stronger and more determined, and that there is light at the end of every tunnel you are faced with during your life. So even if it’s just in a diary or even just on a piece of scrap paper, try writing down something about yourself which you haven’t ever told anyone, or something you’re not proud of, or something bad that happened to you. Write how it made you feel, and what you did about it. Then try to think about how you can use the experience positively moving forward, and learn from it to grow even more. Or if you don’t want to do that, then just do something which scares you. Talk to a stranger in a shop, just to say ‘Have a nice day’ or wear that dress you don’t feel ‘pretty enough’ to wear. Just push yourself and you will be surprised at what you can do!