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Poem

WHAT AM I

September 12, 2017 • Rubina Mulchandani • 24 • Gurgaon

Poem

Prisoner in my own mind

I have always used writing as a tool to lighten my mood, and always believed that my pen and paper were the only ones who would understand me. However, very recently, I shared this poem with a friend, to tell her how I felt. And the experience of sharing was very positive. She suggested that I share the poem with It’s Ok To Talk.

August 23, 2017 • Anonymous • 25 • Delhi

Video

We Gotta Live

I was getting over my lifetime of depression and suicidal thought but now I'm right back in the middle of it. The completion of this piece of music is no success story. I've tried to get it out there but keep running up against brick walls. Have a listen, there's certain power in it if you're in the right frame of mind...

August 8, 2017 • Gladwyn Scott • 33 • Halifax

Poem

You’re Okay

Quite often we are very afraid to make mistakes, we second guess ourselves even before trying something. And sometimes we end up not doing what we are afraid of at all, because we wonder what society, other people, our friends or families will think, how they might judge us. This needs to stop.

July 27, 2017 • Arundhati Bhatia • Delhi

Poem

Lost Again

I usually don't talk much and prefer writing instead. This poem is for each of those alternative souls who are looking for sanity, love or compassion, a release in poetry, writings, novels, stories, theatre or art. We are in the end, humans, and there is nothing that can prevent us from over-thinking. Over-thinking isn't bad, over-thinkers aren't scary, it is an art that every one of us has developed in our own beautiful way. Embrace it, don't let it drain you away, write your thoughts down, feel them, don't dare you frown.
I am touched by anxiety and by depression, and my only getaway is writing, which was introduced to me by my father, who himself is a photographer/journalist by passion. Knowing that I wouldn't say much he asked me to write instead, and I wrote. I wrote what I'm feeling, the things that I'm going through, things that I over think about, things I don't want to see. I could write what I felt, imagine what I thought not caring about the real, perhaps that is what helped me go through depression though I'm still healing.

June 28, 2017 • Vairali Nagpal • New Delhi