Before I Knew How to Be Me

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I could not have penned these words better myself….

“Depression and anxiety are like war. And I am sure most people who go through it agree with me. I have had anxiety and mild depression since forever. And it was really difficult for me to accept myself and love who I am. Initially, I only wrote poems and stories about darkness and defeat. It’s been a while since I have started writing inspirational stuff. I want the world to know it’s not that difficult to love who you are and be what you want to be. A little courage is all it takes.”

Just like me, the author of this beautiful and inspiring poem struggles with depression and anxiety.  Learning to accept yourself just as you are can be difficult.  However, it is possible.  Sister, if you struggle with depression and anxiety, you are not alone in your struggle.  It is my prayer today that you will find this beautiful poem to be just as uplifting as I do.


Before I…

© Insiya K. Patanwala

Before I became strong, I knew what it was like
To be weak,
How difficult it is to love yourself,
To find the wholeness that you seek.

Before I knew the light,
I have had my fair share of darkness, too,
Where my world fell into a hopelessness
And I didn’t know how to get through.

For I have known the tears it takes,
The courage to stand up again,
When you are broken down and bruised
And you know nothing but the pain.

You forget to appreciate love,
If you haven’t seen the hate,
Till you forget the meaning of smile and laughter,
And your heart is left abate.

I have known the strength and courage
It requires to get it right,
To face the things that hold you down
And hold your head up and fight.

Before I was who I am now,
I was someone I didn’t want to be.
I was lost, battered, and defeated,
Before I knew how to be me!


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