Sarah Benesi is a writer, improv comedian, and nanny from Somerville. In her free time, she loves spreading positivity, dancing to Taylor Swift, brainstorming ways to steal cute dogs, and calling herself a runner when she really only walks for twenty minutes once a week.
I’ve struggled with obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and depression for most of my life, but I prefer to call them my lame party tricks. Every aspect of my life has been affected by these tricks; I don’t know who I’d be without them. While I’ve often felt like a burden and suffered in silence because I didn’t know how to admit I’m not perfect, I’m thankful. My tricks have helped shape me into an empathetic person who refuses to quit.
I’m thrilled to join This Is My Brave because silence only digs deeper holes. Sharing stories — the good, the bad, and the ugly — encourages self-love. I don’t want anyone to feel alone or like a burden, and will peel back all the vulnerable layers of myself in pursuit of that goal.
I’m inspired to stay mentally healthy because I have more important things to do than count the seconds from my bed. I’m more important than my lame party tricks and I’m worthy of happiness. You are, too.
I hope you know that you’re okay. That even when you’re not okay, you’re okay. That it’s okay to not be okay. That struggling isn’t equal to being sick or a disaster or a burden or anything other than human. It’s true when you feel like fireworks and it’s true when you count the seconds from your bed. You’re always okay. Your lame party tricks have nothing on you. You’re stronger than those losers.
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