Two negatives make a positive!

A story as to how I am thankful to depression!


Parika Bhatli

2 years ago | 4 min read

Hello folks, hope you are doing great and enjoying the last two days of 2020 to the fullest. 2020 the most unpredictable year is finally coming to an end. It has been one hell of a year teaching us so many life lessons one could not have imagined, like the importance of family or loved ones or the importance of health, both physical and mental. This year has taught us patience, calmness and the idea that one can live under one roof and do all the possible things he/she wants to. It has made people realise the importance of work from home and why there is no need to go to the office every day. It has made people realise their self-esteem, self-worth and who they are as a person. And that’s some big thing one negativity (COVID) taught the entire world. Today my blog is full of thankfulness that depression and 2020 have given me. Yeah, I know it sounds weird that how come two opposing things can give you the positive result but well as you must remember two negatives makes a positive :D So, let’s start!

I have been into depression since the last two years, but in 2020, I have been in a better space than I was before. Depression gave me a tool that I never imagined I could use, i.e., writing blogs, yes, depression encouraged me to start writing blogs and help people as much as I can. By reading the blogs, people might relate and speak up and make the right call towards their mental health. Depression not only just gave me the writing skills but a voice to tell people that it’s normal to be under depression, that it’s normal to take therapy, that it’s normal to talk about it. I never knew I would be the voice of so many people out there.

I am not bragging, but people have texted me on different social media platforms to thank me for talking about depression and how I have given them the strength to be vocal and seek help. I am not an influencer or a prosperous blogger, no, I am not! I am just an ordinary girl who wanted to share her depression journey and never wanted anyone to feel the same because I know what it takes to be alive when you are depressed.

It’s a very different feeling while I am writing my 15th blog, It was in April end when I started blogging, and here I am with four of my blogs published on different mental health sites. You know there is a saying that everything happens for a reason; I think depression had to come on my way so that I could be the voice of the voiceless out there.

I do believe in the fact that people live for a purpose and that purpose can be anything. For me, it’s helping people by making them aware of what depression is, how is it treated and how one can talk about it and don’t feel ashamed of being a depression survivor. Not everyone is strong to fight this shit. So yes, I am thankful to depression for making me a blogger, making me who I am and yes the most important thing I thank depression for making me the strongest, which I never felt in ages. So, always be thankful for things that happen in your life, because you never know what is in there for you :)

Next thankful note comes to this freaking year wherein it has taken a lot from people but has made them strong. I know we missed meeting our friends and travel, but then it was for good. It gave us strength, patience and the courage to stay positive in such hard times. It helped us build broken relationships and the existing relationships stronger. I too wish like everyone else that the vaccine comes soon and everything becomes normal. But then the new normal wasn’t that bad. Let’s not end this year with a negative note as already we have so much negativity around. Let’s pray that our family and well-wishers are happy, healthy and safe. Let’s wish that in 2021 we will be stronger and will take things one day at a time because you never really know what life holds next. Let’s start in 2021 with all the positivity we can, shall we?

So, folks, I hope my blogs in this entire year somehow inspired you to be vocal about mental health and depression. I wish I have tried my best to make sure that you could seek help and understand what are you going through. I hope I have reached the larger audience to make sure that they aren’t alone in this fight against depression. I am there, always vouching for your health. I will always be thankful to keep me motivated and make sure that I keep writing what I feel. I love you, my dear audience, and I love my survivors a little too much. ❤

So stay strong, stay healthy, stay safe and keep fighting all the odds because life isn’t a fairy tale and we are here for a purpose, so earn that. Live, laugh and conquer your goddam fear. You are not alone in this.

Ending this year and my blog by a quote -

“We all go through hard times in life. It’s a part of being alive, and it’s the reality we all have to deal with. We forget our value as a person because we are so blinded with these thoughts of loneliness, emptiness and ego. Somewhere along the road, we become numbed with all the frustrations and dissatisfaction. But life itself isn’t always about darkness and sadness; Life is also filled with colours, making it beautiful. Along this path of darkness, there’s still light waiting to be seen by our daunted hearts. Our heart is gifted to see this light. It may be hiding behind those circumstances that we encounter. In a stranger, we just met at an unexpected place, a family who has been always there but you just ignored because of your imperfect relationship with them, or it might be a long time friend you have or a friend you just met. Open your heart, and you will see how blessed you are to have them all in your life. Sometimes they are the light that shines your path in some dark phases of life. Don’t lose hope.” — Unknown

Take care, hugs from afar


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Parika Bhatli

A survivor who is on a mission to end the stigma against mental health!







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