Depression. What do you think when you read the word? Here are some of the guesses I have of what could have crossed your mind: sad, over used, weak, hard, real, pathetic, alone, get over it, all in your head, black hole hopeless, etc. ; or possibly it was a person that came to … More Depressed people are allowed into Amusement Parks too.
I love language. I love the power that can come in the right word, the right phrase; how one can be reading or listening to music, or even talking with a friend and the right words come together in a way that one is caught off guard and pleasantly surprised. For me, it often feels … More Trauma. Loss. Courage. Compassion.
For as long as I can remember, my dad and I have had a game that we play while driving. It normally begins when the weather starts to change, when it gets cooler. It’s been a long time since I have played it, but every now and then I’ll catch myself thinking about it and … More Holding on. Letting go.
My name is Mia Chard. I am a suicide survivor. I am not ashamed. This is the face of suicide. This is the face that the world always saw from me – smiling, happy, helping, loving. No one would have guessed that I would have tried to end my life. No one really knew the … More The face of SUICIDE is often a happy one.
A month ago in a conversation with a friend I respect and appreciate he said something that I took the wrong way at first, something that I let hurt me. We had been talking about some of the experiences I had gone through in my life and the type of pain I felt from them: … More Your pain is not unique.
me at 19 with a family friend A few weeks back I was at my parent’s home. My mom had been going through boxes and had found a photo album I hadn’t seen in years; in it was this picture. I hated seeing this picture and could hardly look at it without feeling angry, sad, … More A conversation about weight.
I stood blinking back tears as my body filled with overwhelming shame and humiliation at what just happened, all the while thinking, “Don’t cry, Mia – whatever you do, don’t you dare cry – don’t let them see you cry … you can go to the bathroom and cry but not here not now.” People … More Looking back can be an explanation, not an excuse.
**originally posted 01/12/2015** I am blessed. I am alive. Two years ago – 01/12/2013, I almost wasn’t. This video is a brief snapshot of some of the moments I would have missed. It hasn’t all been amazing and challenging moments remain for me as they do for all of us; however, seeing some of … More Alive Day.
Wait … wait… wait …. The word reverberated in my head; getting louder each time I said it. Faces are above me, angry faces – wait … two are speaking, I don’t know them, no, not speaking, yelling … Wait … please … wait … I can hear one of them now but it’s like … More The beginning .. before the middle or the end.
**The original post date of this article was 1/11/2014** “One of the greatest lies ever told is that there’s no power in vulnerability.” Dianna Hardy If ever there was a moment in my life where I have needed power … to push through, to overcome, to keep going, it is now. So, with that in … More Did you ever not want to live?