Hi there! Welcome to my world.

A bit about me and why I'm here

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Hi I'm Karon, oh no, not a good start, makes me sound as if I'm at a party and about to get into all that awkward stuff of 'What do you do for a living? Husband? Separated. Oh dear. Children? Yes, one. Lovely. Left the nest yet?' and on and on. By the time you've got past all that you could well lose the will to live and are definately in need of a stiff drink.

Oh well, this is the only way I can think of to kick things off so you might as well grab that drink (be it tea, coffee or something stronger) and I'll whitter on about myself for a bit so at least you'll have a rough idea who is writing this stuff.

I'm here just as a person, not an expert on anything other than getting by in general, in fact I don't even know what I'm going to blog about here.

Much to my surprise I have managed to make it to the grand old age of 58. I say surprise because I have battled with depression and anxiety on and off since my teens and there have indeed been moments when I made every effort not to go any further, hang on any longer, see another day. But here I am, at this party we call life and I'm doing okay thanks, in fact that's really why I'm here - you see if I can make it through so can you, no matter how crap things are for you right now.

I've been through the proverbial mill, taken almost every anti-depressant known to man, tried more therapies/healthy eating/excersise/self help et al than you can throw a stick at and know only too well what it is like to be overwhelmed, defeated and unworthy.

Some things have worked for me and some haven't. In my posts I'd like to share some of that with you, some blasts from the past and postings from the present. In these last few years (especially last year) I have learned a lot and the most important lesson of all was to let go.

I'm finally letting go of the past, loosening my vice like grip on perfectionism, letting go of striving so damn hard that I lost sight completely of the present and lived for bloody years in some future perfection that never happened and the hardest one of all, letting go of my beloved Teenager who will turn twenty this year and go off to university.

So this is what my blogging is about really, it's about Letting Go.

Karon Grieve

Author, presenter, mother, surviver

My degree comes from the good old university of life, all 58 years of it. I'll be writing about life (mine mostly) and how I've got by as someone who has battled depression and anxiety to varying degrees since their teens. While my view may not be yours I hope sometimes it will resonate with you.


Go to the profile of Julia Dessaur
over 3 years ago

This could have been written by me. Except it wasn't. I too am in my late 50s and have struggled for years with depression, I have just come out of one of the worst depressive periods I can remember. I too am struggling with the thought of letting my beloved 18 year old twins go, luckily they are taking a gap year after A Levels so that is in the future. I have always wanted to write, not fiction, but articles like this but my depression and anxiety has always said "No, you are not good enough, no one will want to read it". Maybe it's time to stop letting the perfect be the enemy of good, I've written this, I can write more. Thank you so much for your blog.

Go to the profile of Karon Grieve
over 3 years ago

Hi Julia, thanks so much for your comment. I'm glad you are out of the hell of depression. Please start writing, of course you are good enough. Write just for the joy of putting pen to paper just for yourself. K x