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I know thereโ€™s so much more to what I think I see Rogue ukulele enthusiast

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Now, Iโ€™m not one to post daily, so two posts in one day is astonishing ๐Ÿ˜… but I wanted to do my bit for #wspd. So, hereโ€™s a picture of me. Makeup wiped off, hair not done, slightly crosseyed (Iโ€™m not a routine selfie taker so weโ€™ll ignore that, thanks), filter-free, and, most importantly, working at finding my own sense of contentment and working on finding my own place in the world. I wanted to share a โ€˜rawโ€™ picture, as I wanted to share a raw version of myself amongst a social media bubble of lives lived through filters and therefore warped perceptions of not just that other persons life, but also our own. If you met me, you may think Iโ€˜m quiet until you get to know me, quite reserved - perhaps even stand-offish - but I donโ€™t think youโ€™d associate me with depression, restrictive eating, or being a person who wrote a suicide note at the age of 14. You wouldnโ€™t associate these things with me because weโ€™re taught as a society that those are things we shouldnโ€™t talk about. Those are things that should be kept in the shadows. Things that lessen our worth as human beings. But I strive daily to live my life not without those elements of myself, but DESPITE of them. I strive to let myself be sad, be alone, let myself struggle so that I can in turn start to let myself also be happy, be gentle with my mind and my body, and let myself be present in the world that I get to inhabit. I canโ€™t say that I no longer have days when I donโ€™t want to be here, or that I no longer find food an obstacle, but I can say, to the 14 year old me that saw no hope, that life got just that bit better to start living despite. I went to college, I made friends, I made music, I made art, cakes, photographs, and footsteps in places I thought my feet would never tread. I found a way โ€˜just to get byโ€™, and to find a contentment in that. If you read all of this, then I appreciate it! It may not be much or mean much to that many people, but itโ€™s my small way of saying that old stalwart of โ€œit gets betterโ€ and, to hopefully serve as a reminder to myself that if you canโ€™t start living because of things, then firstly start living despite of them. #wspd #suicide #worldsuicidepreventionday #me

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Letting myself be happy for once

Itโ€™s a big, big universe... So many dimensions and unanswered questions... Not to mention, life... Also super low quality as Iโ€™ve been super ill but still #guitar #cover #staywithyou #rudderlessmovie

I may be eighteen but Iโ€™m still a child #snowday

Hate my face, love my new skirt

Procrastinating

Wavy hair

Why is my face so weird?