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I know it’s been quite a while since I’ve posted anything. To be honest, I’ve been a bit busy as of late with my new projects. I call them projects, but they have turned into pretty good friends and it is nice to feel useful and needed.

Several months ago, I began to be more active on Reddit. If you don’t know what Reddit is, it’s very hard to explain. Imagine a place on the Internet that is full of interesting links submitted by people. These links are divided into different sub categories or “Sub Reddits” based on specific interests. Some are places where people just post things to get them off their chest. The one I am most active in is for Depression. I reply to posts giving encouragement and offering any moral support I can. During this process, I’ve made some new friends.

My new friends are all teenagers who struggle with depression and anxiety and we have a nice little group chat going on an internet based instant messaging app. Of course we cut up and tell jokes, make one another laugh, and generally just shoot the breeze. Things get special when one of us says they are having a problem; we all turn into a support network that comforts and encourages the one having problems. Most of the time, it’s my little brothers (that’s what I call them) and I can offer an adult perspective on things and help find solutions to things. Other times, they get to help out their big brother (that’s what they call me) calm down and deal with something stressful. The common thread we all have is loneliness, anxiety, depression, and the need for people to talk to. I’ve learned so much from these kids. I’ve found encouragement and care from people you would least expect it from in our society. In return, they get an adult who will listen to their problems, offer advice in a non-judgmental way, and who genuinely cares for them.

I suppose it’s a good thing that they occupy so much of my time because I really do feel like I’m contributing something to this world again. I’m sure some will fade away and others will join, but I think what we’ve started is a neat idea and I wish more people would do it. My psychiatrist thinks it’s a fantastic idea and says I’m quite good at what I do given the circumstances. It’s the next best thing to being in a classroom teaching. Each one of them is a little project just like I am with them. I am hoping that all this along with exercise will help boost my mood back to where it’s normally at. I am happy to report that I have a positive outlook on life for the first time in a long while.