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Whenever the going gets rough, my first instinct is always to escape. Not to run away from my problems, but to get away from the hustle and bustle of this city, the monotony of everyday life. I always choose a place outdoors. I suppose I owe it to my dad for that love. When I was a child, we would often go to parks and nature preserves together, and I found peace and comfort in being surrounded by trees that climbed to the unreachable sky above me. In 2016, at a moment in my life when that monotony of everyday…

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The music stopped. That’s the best way to describe what happened. Suddenly there was no melody in my head. In its place was my voice telling me everything that was wrong with the way I had lived up until now. I’ve never been the kind of person that craved pity from others, nor have I ever been the type to self-loathe. If something bad happened, I’d wallow privately for a day or so and then move on. But when anxiety struck and the internal walls of my body seemed to come crashing down, I couldn’t help the constant thought that…

Anna C.

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