My name is Remi Lourenco and I’m 20 years old.
And my hero is myself.
It may come off as narcissistic or pessimistic, but it’s not. I know no one is perfect and I used to try and emulate my other heroes, but I found out the one quality they all lacked that I needed in a hero. I needed someone who could understand me and what I’ve been through. I wanted to find someone who knew exactly what I was going through and could understand me completely.
That person was myself. I have suffered through a mood depressive disorder called Dysthymia since I was 13 (about seven years now). I am now twenty years old and I haven’t gone on any type of medication. I can’t explain to you the type of strength it requires just to get through each day. I know there are others who have suffered, probably even worse than I have and I greatly respect and admire them. But I only know myself fully. I can only fully relate to myself, and at the end of the day the only person who can truly pick myself up off the floor is me.
I admire myself and the courage, strength and integrity it has taken me to be where I am today. I still have many bad days, I still break down, but I’m alive. The fact that I can even recognize these strengths in myself proves to me how far I’ve gone in this journey. You are your biggest critic, but you can also be your biggest supporter.
Be your own hero.
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