I have no words of wisdom to offer

March 15 2018

So, I won! Yay, me. I became a member a couple of months after this project started. I found it via stumble upon and it caught my attention right away; the idea of receiving emails from real people from around the world excited me. Sort of like having a one sided pen pal.
I have to confess that I don't read all the emails, sometimes I forget to check my email for months, and next thing I know there's hundreds of new submissions waiting for me. I'll catch up, probably...
There's this one email that I've forwarded more than once to friends - the title is Good Grief, good friend!- I read that one months after my mom passed away and it touched me, so thanks Taylor for sending that email :)

I'd like to tell you that it's okay to go to therapy, I started right after my mom passed away, It has helped ... a LOT. I was at a party and I was NOT having fun, a friend approached me and he told me that he knew that I was going through a rough time and that if I didn't seek help it would consume me, i thought about it a LOT ... and decided to give it a try; years later the only thing I regret is not going sooner.
Mental health is a subject that I've tried to tackle head on; I talk about it, I share links, read stuff, try to stay informed, listen to podcasts, etc... It is something that has a lot of stigma attached to it and since I talk openly about it I can't help to notice the side eyes from acquaintances, I *TRY* to brush it off but it gets me from time to time. So if you are a friend to a person that's dealing with depression or anxiety or PTSD or something else along the lines, DON'T BE A JERK.

Umm, what else? Oh yeah... Come to Mexico :) Live it to believe it.
I live in a wonderful country, and my resolution for the next 5 years is to travel across my home country. There's so many places with so much history that I can't wait! My second trip of this year is to Chiapas in Aug, the heat is going to be off the charts but I'm prepared!

I'm open for Podcasts recommendations, music, and movies.

Julia Rodriguez

Guadalajara, Jal. MX
[email protected]

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