Growing Pains and Body Aches: A collection of poems, letters and artwork navigating adolescence and mental health

Author: Alxcxa


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You only get one existence on this Earth and the vast majority of it is spent in this desperate search of purpose and acceptance. We, as humans, are not kind to ourselves. We punish imperfections that are out of our control; we hide our struggles with mental health because we are afraid of how others will perceive us. It is ok to be simply human. You do not owe anyone a reason behind your existence. You are more than worthy of love and acceptance, not just from others, but from yourself.

This world is not kind to us, so why tear yourself apart for not being “good enough”? There is no such thing; you are simply enough.

My name is Alxcxa and I am trying to navigate this life and all its challenges. I believe in creating from experience. All of these stories, poems, and artwork are my own, each telling a different tale from the cards that life has dealt me. I find it hard to put my emotions into clear thought, so I find my voice in my art. Everyone has a voice; it’s just a matter of finding it.

I have struggled with my mental health for my entire life, with my biggest opponent being this hollow feeling of not having a purpose. For so long I thought I had to earn my place in this world. When I first started entertaining the idea of publishing my work, I thought that this was my purpose. I wanted to be a voice for others. I’ve come to realize that I don’t need to validate my existence. This book is simply an expression of me; it doesn’t define me; it doesn’t prove anything; and that’s ok. This book and all of my work is like an olive branch for people like me - a comforting reminder that you are enough.

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Black & White

Pages: 110 | Trim Size: 6x9

Genre: Poetry

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