By Rachael Kim
Sometimes at night, crouched in the corner of my crumpled sheets, I feel loneliness creeping up on me. I am alone with my thoughts.
Facing my inner self one-on-one can be a pretty difficult thing, I’ve learned. The more I try to connect with my thoughts, the more deep-rooted fears seem to grow. I picture many uncertainties of the future, from college to adulthood. Whenever my emotions and imagination seem to take me nowhere but deeper into the cave within me, I try to focus on the present. I focus on myself at this moment in time.
The foods I have eaten today.
My mother, father, sister who are always there for me.
People I can reach out to if I ever feel helpless.
The resilience in me.
My lungs inhaling life every second.
A prospect of the gift of a new day awaiting me.
Friends I can fall back to.
Sometimes life is hard. But I’ve noticed I tend to bring myself too deep into my own thoughts sometimes when at this moment in time, I might not be in such an agonizing state as I imagine.
Rachael (Doyeon) Kim is a student at Huron High School. She is passionate about mental health and also runs a podcast for teens. In her free time, she enjoys reading the works such as those of Jane Austen and George Eliot, as well as spending time with friends.