March 15th, 2015


Thank You, Jared Padalecki for #AlwaysKeepFighting (and for being YOU)

Dear Jared,

Thank  you so much for the #AlwaysKeepFighting campaign and the honest and brave statements you've made about mental illness, addiction, and depression. It has been truly inspiring, moving, and powerful to read the articles connected to the campaign, see your openness with the fans that have won your contests, and know that not only are you giving us such a powerful phrase to turn to, but that we're having a positive impact on you, too.

I, myself, do not suffer from any of these disorders, but this campaign has touched me in so many ways. I may not have had thoughts of harming myself, felt depression, or had suicidal thoughts at any point in my life, but as someone who was bullied every day for a good portion of my school years, I find myself always having to fight against its long lasting impacts. I may not have told myself horrible things internally on my own, but I most certainly heard them out loud from my peers---things that did change my view of myself at times. It allowed me to doubt and to question myself---my talents, my worth, my very life---and in some ways it is a challenge to find the value that I can bring to the world because of it.

It has been, thorughout the years, a battle to remember that what they said about me is not the truth and that I must always remember to fight back against the thoughts they tried to put into my head about myself---even if sometimes it seems that they may have been right. It's not always easy. There are days when those doubts can be overwhelming, when the things they said seem to haunt--even in my subconcious---and it can be a struggle to remember that I can bring good to the world.

Your campaign phrase connects with me for that very reason. It gives me that battle cry that I know I can turn to when I need to push back the doubts the most. It can remind me to not let them speak for me. It reminds me, that no matter how hard it gets, how dark it becomes, or how much i'm struggling at any time, that I must Always Keep Fighting so I can continue to bring my talents, my worth, and goodness to the world.

Thank you so much. It means so much to me and to so many others.

Always Keep Fighting.

Far Away Eyes

PS: If you'd like to learn more about the #AlwaysKeepFighting campaign and Jared Padalecki's shirt, go here: or here: Help support a great cause and start a conversation about mental illness, depression, or addiction. We can only make these things better if we talk about them.