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    January 13, 2019 · Depression,Mental Health,Mental Illness,Journey
    There are many stories about depression. The dark times, the empty void, the downward spiral. Yet, many triumphant survivors tell of their success. How they beat depression. How they overcame depression. How they came back out stronger, better, happier and healthier. But what about those...
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    October 25, 2018 · Mental Health,Suicide,Schools,Wellbeing,Start Here
    Last week, a 13 year old girl jumped to her death. The school press release said the girl had good grades, was outgoing and well-liked by teachers and peers, and was a part of the school choir and badminton team. Young people dying from suicide elicits a deep, deep sense of tragedy like no...
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    April 7, 2018 · Wellbeing,Journey,Life Lessons
    Hello future-Jamie, I am sitting on a yoga mat next to some Tibetan singing bowls. How did I even get here? It’s been 8 weeks now and I’m supposed to write something really profound about what I’ve learnt and wish to remember. I hope my 8-weeks’ worth of mindfulness classes didn’t go to waste and...
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    December 1, 2017 · Identity,Journey,Life Lessons
    Humans have a tendency to swing between wanting both extremes — on one hand, we want to be different; on the other, we desperately want to belong. Depending on which side of the pendulum we are swinging, singularity can be captivating, beautiful, and desirable. But it can also become unbearably...
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    October 12, 2017 · Education,Life Lessons,Schools
    I was once the new kid in class, and that was not fun. I had just moved from Accra, Ghana to Adelaide, Australia. Of the many things that made it a horrible experience, a couple stuck in my brain: 1. Nobody in my class knew where Ghana was and upon realising it was in Africa, proceeded to ask...
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    October 9, 2017 · Life Lessons,Anxiety
    The dark, gloomy aesthetics and the unsettling soundtrack had me leaving Blade Runner 2049 feeling disturbed, pessimistic, and full of questions about the future of our society. It also got the nerd in me thinking a lot about existentialism and our eternal battle for meaning. Officer KD6.3–7 ...
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    March 8, 2017 · Life Lessons,Journey
    I was close to my brother and so naturally, I wanted to do the same thing. I got my way, but it was only because “yes, girls should learn self-defence, just in case”and “ballet gives you chunky calves”. In my class, the boys always had the tougher tasks, and us girls were let off easy. When I...
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    October 11, 2016 · Journey,Anxiety
    There is this invisible standard that the best way to be is to ‘be yourself’. Yet, nobody has given any advice on how to do that. And who exactly is this ‘myself’ that I should be? I worry a lot about what others think. I want others to like me, to think I’m smart, to be impressed by my...
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