New Orleans, LA - 2019-04-11
Johnathan: I fight depression. I always have, and in the last few years, I learned that the less I care what anybody thinks, the happier I am. At the beginning of this year, I really, really embraced it, and it’s been the best four months of my life. I mean, I still have my lows just like everybody. What’s been happening in the last four months—the people I’m meeting, the way I’m interacting, the way we’re interacting—this would have never happened five years ago.
BW: What do you attribute that to?
Johnathan: Honestly just learning that nobody else’s opinion matters.
BW: Was there something that turned the tide for you?
Johnathan: It was just a lifetime of being put down and made fun of, being overweight most of my life. I decided to fix that—other problems that I had control over that people just don’t understand. I learned that this was the hand I was dealt, and I’d better learn to play with it.
BW: You mentioned depression. Are you on any meds?
Johnathan: Nope. I was when I was younger, and I felt worse. I mean, I wasn’t feeling depressed, but I wasn’t feeling alive either.