by Merina Navarro
(Rancho Cucamonga, Ca, USA)
The first time in years I decided to create something, and the first time I decided to go for it and use acrylic paint, and on a large canvas.
I have struggled with depression and anxiety for years and found out recently I have symptoms of PTSD. It was a lot to take in. I decided my "self-care" that week would be painting. As I painted, I felt so calm and at peace, and I was reminded why I love to create, whether it is a form of art or baking.
While I painted I came to terms with my depression, anxiety, and PTSD. I was finally able to tell myself these things don't control me, nor define me. They are simply a part of my story and it is OK.
By the time I was finished with my painting, I felt as if a huge weight was lifted.