I was diagnosed with clinical depression during my senior year of high school. Now, I realize that you may not believe in depression (clinical or another form). Here in the U.S., the most common solution is to take a pill to solve all your problems- I get it.
But let me tell you from my personal experience that clinical depression is real. Horribly real.
My parents divorced when I was in middle school and I got my heart ripped out of me from my first ‘real love’ the summer before my senior year. Trying to process these events were tough. I know this may not sound super traumatic- it’s not compared to other people’s- but by the beginning of my senior year of high school I was a complete wreck.
*It’s too much information for me to explain every little detail surrounding my diagnosis, but to summarize it:
I was extremely apathetic, unhappy, self-centered, negative, bitter, and angry at the world. I felt hopeless- internally defeated. I couldn’t “get up.” I was stuck in a miserable, negative thought-cycle for many months. Whenever I think back to who I use to be I cringe inside.
So what changed?
Faith and Fitness.
I truly found who God really is when I came to Liberty, and I found an avenue (lifting) where I was bettering myself.
Many people turn to other things to escape from their internal pain, like alcohol for example. I understand how this is enticing because it provides an escape and makes you temporarily happy- but it’s a false sense of happiness and you’re damaging your body internally.
Lifting has several positive benefits both internally and externally; you release endorphins, you burn calories and build muscle which forms a more aesthetic physique. Boom. What a combo.
In light of everything that is going on in the world right now, I encourage you to just contemplate your life and what really matters. What are you living for? What are your dreams?
It’s my hope that you find joy in fitness and happiness through Jesus.
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