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Review: Where the Light Shines by Kelly Inviere

I love poetry and have written quite a bit of it over the years. It was my main coping mechanism during my teenage years when I didn’t think that I could go on. That was how I compiled my first book Thoughts of a Wanderer and even added in some poetry to my mostWhere the Light Shines Through: A Memoir in Poetry by [Kelly Inviere] recent book. The point is I love poetry.

And the book Where the Light Shines by Kelly Inviere is a book of poetry. She uses poetry much in the same way that I did to cope with some difficult and traumatizing times in her life. She does a fantastic job!

Poetry is a very fluid form of expression and there are many ways to write it. Personally, using some type of rhyming scheme is a must. Which is a big positive for this book as Kelly incorporates various strategies of rhyming. It is an easy read but a heartfelt and deep dive read. The more poems that you read the more you can see how the story of her life unfolds. It is a very unique way to write an autobiography and it was a pleasure to read.

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Between the Lines Interview

Last week I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Corine from Between the Lines. She was a pleasure to speak to and we had quite a few laughs. Based in Trinidad and Tobago I was a little jealous of how much sun she said she had, but spring is coming to Canada soon.

The interview topics was about the stigma of depression (and mental health). I was able to discuss some coping strategies that I have found useful (e.g. exercise).

Depression comes with assumptions like:

  • you’re just sad
  • you’re lazy
  • you just don’t want to

None of those are true and I extensively cover this topic in my new book Embracing Me. The short version of that is that depression (as least for me) is a lack of emotions. It isn’t about being sad. I am not lazy – actually quite the opposite I tend to stress clean and re-arrange my house. And I want to life but I don’t know how.

I want to leave this post short and sweet so that the main point isn’t lost. The main point is this:

Don’t assume you know how someone with depression is feeling. All you need to do is be there for them, not tell them how to be.

If you want to watch the interview on Between the Lines click here.