You fell. More than once.
Maybe even scuffed your knee, bled a little. Maybe cried. It hurt! Bandaged it up.
Got back up. Did it all over again.
We know how to use our legs now. One foot in front of the other. Some of us don't have to think twice about it anymore.
But sometimes, we still find ourselves falling--not so much on the asphalt anymore, but in life.
Nearly everyone deals with depression
at some point in their life.
And that's okay.
We don't have to keep quiet, pretend it doesn't happen. Instead, let's pour all of that energy into lifting others up,
like the non-profit, More Love Letters.
We spoke with the woman behind the movement, Hannah Brencher, who has dedicated her life and work to the brokenhearted. She says the idea came to her while she was battling her own sadness, which eventually morphed into a diagnosis of depression.
"At the time, I didn't know anything about depression," Hannah said. "I thought something was wrong with me that I couldn't just cheer up or motivate myself."
She started writing letters and leaving them around New York City.
"The letters were often filled with words I most needed to her. I imagined that I could not have been the only one feeling lonely and sad while commuting in New York City. So I tried my best to encourage people while also being honest about where I was and what I was struggling with."
Hannah hoped that by doing this, people would find them and feel less alone.
"I know what it is like to encounter a surprise in the middle of the day and I was hoping I could make dozens of people feel that way. The big city can feel so lonely sometimes and overwhelming. I hoped each letter would meet the finder right where they were at."
Since she started this movement, she says they get testimonies all the time.
"Just the other day, I was speaking at a college and a man came up to me. He was 34 and was finally pursuing college after years in the military. He told me one of his soldiers had battled with depression. They did everything they could to bring him back to health but that he attributes his life to love letters he received from our organization during that dark time."
For Hannah, this helped herself with her own depression. But, this is by no means a cure for depression.
"Writing letters to others help take the focus off your thoughts and think about someone else for a change. I think this is healthy for everyone."
The testimonies More Love Letters receive shows just how powerful words can be.
"It is so easy to use our words to gossip or tear others down. We use our words daily in this space to lift others up and remind them of how capable they are."
Hannah's goal is to continue to bring people together and show up for strangers.
"We need the 'you are not alone' reminder now more than ever and each letter we send is a way to get that message out into the world."
If you're interested in picking up a pen and paper or spreading love and happiness, get involved with More Love Letters.
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