Cardinals: My 2nd Family (My Story Of Battling Depression & Anxiety & Coping Through Sports)

Hello Cardinals Fans out there! It’s been a while hasn’t it? My weekly posts will be coming back soon, but for now, I have decided to finally write something that’s been in my head for a while, and to be frank, I’m still not 100% about posting this, but here we go.

Depression and anxiety. Such scary words aren’t they? But two that we are seeing much more commonly in everyday life, especially the sports world, due to stars such as the NBA’s Kevin Love coming clean about their ongoing struggles. Now in no way, shape, or form am I trying to piggyback off that, but I thought it was finally time for me to come clean with you the readers, and tell you why I’ll always be grateful to you.

Depression and anxiety are two things I have been dealing with for a majority of my life, and honestly I cannot believe I am letting this out when I think maybe 3 people know about it in total. I also want to stress that everyone who face these awful things, it affects everyone differently. For me, my depression (and most of the time anxiety too), just destroys me inside. It makes me unable to do the simplest of tasks, such as writing for you guys and even just getting out of bed. Whenever a major episode occurs for me personally, I literally cannot do a thing. It has caused me to miss so many things in life, including forcing me out of college. But I’m slowly working on it, and I’m grateful to have some great friends and family who will hopefully understand all this.

But now that I have released that finally (and man does it feel good), I can finally tell you, the readers (and the former and current athletes at UofL), why I am grateful for each and every one of you. Every single person (minus the occasional bad seed) that represents the University of Louisville has such a kind soul and that alone cuts through the black cloud looming over me and feels me with such a sense of belonging and pride. Not to mention the joy (and many times laughter) that comes with reading through #LouisvilleTwitter. Never change Louisville Twitter, never change. With not only most of the fans I’ve met having such a positive attitude, but also so many outstanding role models coming out of our athletic program, the happiness I gain from being part of such an amazing family balances out my life, and that’s what I consider each and every one of you wonderful people, my 2nd family.

Now I’m going to stop with the personal stuff for now, the mainly sports-focused pieces will be back from me soon, but for now, as always, Go Cards, and thank you guys for being my 2nd family! Much Love!

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