It’s been a while, Lithium. I wanted to say hello again. Writing this piece for Lithium feels like I’m coming home again. It’s familiar and comforting and I love it.

    I joined Lithium in the spring of 2016 and it has been one of the best additions to my life. I was at a low point then and I’ve definitely had my ups and downs since. However, anytime I write for Lithium, it always feels like a breath of fresh air.

   This past spring was a struggle. I was hospitalized for a little bit and I had some problems socially and academically. When I was in the hospital, I was writing constantly. The writing made me feel relaxed.

    I wrote about everything-- Lithium, school, and the hospital itself. I filled up an entire journal and they had to give me another. I wrote constantly.

    That was three months ago. Since I was discharged, I’ve reconsidered my priorities. I do everything I can that makes me happy and in the process, I’ve realized something.

   Writing is something I love. It keeps me happy and it makes me comfortable. Nothing would make me happier than sitting and being able to write as much as I can.

    So what is the moral of this piece?

    Find something you love. Cherish it and use it to make you happy. It doesn't have to be a hobby-- it can be a person or an animal or something; find what makes you happy and make sure it’s something important in your life.

    Trust me, it helps.

By Elijah Collins

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