I was recently invited back to Gloucester High School by art teacher Lorrinda Cerrutti to meet her student, Kyla. I was told that Kyla had some artwork she’d like to share with me. When we sat down in the artroom she pulled out a sketchbook and asked if I wanted her to take them out so it would be easier to see them. I agreed, and I don’t know what I was expecting, maybe one or two, but soon the entire table was filled with pencil drawings that said more than most words. Ms. Cerrutti said all she had to do was explain the I Am More project and Kyla began a storm of creativity. I’m so grateful that she chose to share them with us:
I am more than my depression and my anxiety. I have a family and friends who love me. I love my dog named Kitty, I love my family and friends as well, they have always been there for me even if they don’t understand what I’m going through. My art and music have been a huge part of my life. I aspire to inspire the people around me. I am more than the voices in my head saying I’m not good enough, that everything I do is a mistake. I am beautiful in my own ways, and I will continue to let go of the things that drag me down.
If you would like to share how you are more than your depression, grief, bipolar disorder, addiction, anxiety, PTSD, eating disorder or OCD please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for a Writing Guide.
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