We are thrilled to introduce you to Morgan Exline one of our Iowa Corridor cast members. The Iowa Corridor show is on Saturday, April 22nd at the Ballantyne Auditorium on the campus of Kirkwood Community College.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I’m an only child, and my family consists of my mother, father, and my Boxer puppy named Baxter. I am bilingual and love to travel any chance I get! I’ve been to London and Paris and am currently saving up to go back to London as soon as I can! I love spending time with my dog, and listening to music. My favorite artists are Coldplay, Bruno Mars, and Sabrina Carpenter. I also love to laugh! YouTube comedians Lilly Sing (IISuperwomanII), Colleen Ballinger, and Liza Koshy are huge inspirations of mine! I can always turn to their channels for a good laugh ☺ or me.
How has mental illness affected your life?
Mental illness has been a factor in my life for as long as I can remember. I have Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and my anxiety has interfered with my day to day life for quite some time. As a college student with anxiety, school is even more of a challenge for me.
Why did you want to be a part of This Is My Brave?
I wanted to be a part of This Is My Brave because I have set a goal to start being more confident in 2017. I wanted to participate in this event because I know that Mental Illness is not talked about enough, and the discussion needs to be held! I wanted to give another voice to this event as someone who suffers from anxiety.
What inspires you to stay healthy?
My friends inspire me to get/stay mentally healthy. They inspire me to try my best and to be myself separate from anxiety’s control. I am also inspired by YouTube star Lilly Sing who stresses the importance of positivity and confidence in one’s life! I am inspired to travel and achieve great things in my life, and in order to do so, not let my anxiety control me as it has in the past.
What do you hope the audience takes away from the show?
One thing I hope the audience takes away from the show is that we (those who suffer from mental illness) are allowed to feel! What we are going through is legitimate and it is not easy! Yes, we have good days here and there, but there are bad days too. What we go through isn’t something we can “ignore” or just “let go.” I hope the audience leaves with an increased understanding as well as new perspective on the discussion of mental illness and do their own part to help end the stigma.