This is not a subject I'd not normally touch upon on the blog, but certain circumstances compel me to inform that Pennsylvania, my home state, leads the United States with the highest death rates for young adult men from drug overdoses. If you take a look at this news story, you'll see why I'm sharing this with you all: the story of my brother, Michael, was featured in the article.
I mentioned it was my birthday last week. It's been something of an emotional landmark, as I reached 24. I'm older than my older brother now. The inevitability of this moment has been haunting me the entire year and I'd be lying if I said I hadn't been suffering from minor depression in that time. That I'm also struggling with social connections and the acceptance of having Asperger's paves an even tougher road for me.
Before I move on to the expected Drug PSA, I'd like to assure you all that I am okay. I've begun taking new prescriptions and after coming forward to my mother last night regarding my loneliness, we've begun looking for programs that assist with social anxiety. It also seems an assistant teaching job may be in my future (did I mention I'm great with kids?) and I'm working as hard as ever applying for game journalist positions.
Naturally, this may take time away from Leave Luck to Heaven, but we're looking at all this as a way to get me more motivated and outgoing so I can produce even stronger content. For those of you who've been waiting so patiently for new reviews and the like, I'd like to apologize for the inconvenience. It's still my dream to have a 4-6 reviews-per-month model, and I desire to gain the confidence in myself to make that a reality.
But even more importantly, take it from me: you are loved. Even if you lack friends and your family has turned its back on you, you are still loved. Achievement and true pleasure is earned by one's own effort, not through drugs. If you're ever offered a needle on the street, for the sake of those who love you, don't take it. Please don't take it.