Location: 1601 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
I Gave Myself Time Mural
I’m often searching Google to find more murals to explore in Portland. Near the end of 2016, two murals went up around Portland to fight depression stigma. Being that depression is something I deal with myself (see my original blog post here). I knew I needed to continue to bring awareness to it as Portland is one of the most depressed cities in the nation.
Depression is something that can be weird to talk about because it’s rarely talked about. Because not many people talk about it, you can often feel alone in your struggles. I want to remind you that you are not alone, 1 in 6 deal with depression.
When you think you’re alone in your struggle with depression, remember God is always with you and carrying you through the day.
Rather Severe’s colorful mural reads, “I gave myself time.” “It’s a vulnerable but uplifting phrase that emphasizes that living with depression is a consistent effort,” they explain. “Healing doesn’t happen overnight, yet depression will not beat me.” -PDX Monthly
Depression will not beat me. Every day I give myself time.
Time to thank God for another day. Time to love my husband. Time to serve students. Time to create. Time for self-care and running. Time to be grateful. Time to enjoy the rainy and sunny days. Time to wear bright colors. Time to sit on the couch and watch Netflix. Time to spend with friends. Time to go to church. Time to enjoy tacos. And on other days when depression gets the best of me, time to do nothing and that’s okay.
Day after day, wake up and give yourself time.
You have 168 hours every single week, 10,080 minutes in a week, and 604,800 seconds in a week, it’s okay to give yourself time.