Category: Human Condition

Essays about the human endurement.

When Life Hurts the Most

When Life Hurts the Most We are all broken, none of us are lucky enough to get through life unscathed. What sets some apart from the rest is that they learn and grow and become stronger in the broken places. Who are you? Who… Continue Reading “When Life Hurts the Most”

Start a Conversation that Matters

Start a Conversation that Matters I can’t begin to tell you how much it astounds me when I ask someone to talk to me about how they feel, to share with me the pain they are afraid of that they harbor within, and their… Continue Reading “Start a Conversation that Matters”

The Dying Light of Unrequited Love

The Dying Light of Unrequited Love We spend most of our lives trying to emotionally connect with other people, only to realize that we cannot emotionally connect with most of the people we meet. I could probably write a book about the experiences I’ve… Continue Reading “The Dying Light of Unrequited Love”

The Perfect Life

The Perfect Life: An Unexpected Loss In order to protect the identity of his family, I will only refer to the young man in this article as “A.J.” A.J. was in his senior year of high school, where he was active in sports, playing… Continue Reading “The Perfect Life”

Love Me Not

Love Me Not: A Conversation About Mental Health & Relationships If you’ve read my previous work, you know that I’m often very personal and brutally honest about my experiences and my mistakes.  This essay will be no different. I want to share with you… Continue Reading “Love Me Not”

Chasing the Westward Sun

Chasing the Westward Sun: One Week and 3,500 Miles In the summer of 2017 I went on a one-week 3,500 mile road trip through Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, and North Dakota. The road trip had spawned after the death of my mom the year… Continue Reading “Chasing the Westward Sun”

Life After

Recovery for me is a multi-faceted term. It means acknowledging my behavioral condition, understanding it and understanding that I and it are not one in the same – that I am more than my condition. It means that I recognize the signs and symptoms… Continue Reading “Life After”

The Past That’s Not Forgotten

[Reader Discretion Strongly Advised: this article discusses the sexual assault of men and boys and may not be appropriate for readers under the age of thirteen, it may also be triggering for those who have experienced similar trauma] The Past That’s Not Forgotten This… Continue Reading “The Past That’s Not Forgotten”

In the Twilight of Memory

In the Twilight of Memory Calling to me in the distance, I can hear them all say my name. Reaching out from the past, from moments that used to be. I drift beyond the precipice of wakefulness, I let go of my consciousness and… Continue Reading “In the Twilight of Memory”

Out of the Darkness: My Experience with a Mental Health Condition

My name is Kephen Merancis and there’s really no easy way to start the conversation that we need to have. It takes a lot of courage to break the wall of silence that stigma builds. It takes at least a little bit of hope… Continue Reading “Out of the Darkness: My Experience with a Mental Health Condition”