Let’s call the first female ride-share rider Alicia (not her name). She was nineteen years old, very pretty with a nice shape, long blond hair, intelligent and a great smile.
As I drove, we conversed about her college experience and her move to a new apartment. Somehow, I asked, “Do you struggle with depression?
“Yes,” she replied, “I am one of those smiling depressed ones.”
“Really? How can a pretty, bright gal like you be depressed?”
Alicia went on to tell about her childhood. She had a domineering religious father who demanded his wife always wear a dress, spanked his children too hard and too often, abused his wife and did all of this while hiding behind a “Jesus loves you” attitude.
Her mother left her dad and then remarried another man. And guess what? The mother chose a man just like her first husband.
Alicia made up her mind as a teenager never to be a Christian, but God had other plans for her. Some friends coaxed her into attending a Christian youth group. She met the real Jesus and built a relationship with Him.
But so far, her Christians beliefs have not erased her damaged childhood. She still struggles with depression.
Let’s call the second female rider Stella (not her name). She was forty-three years old, divorced, a successful professional, very pretty, in great shape, intelligent, and a Christian with a big smile.
It took no time to learn about her depression.
She had just returned from an out of state job interview. The reason for seeking the new job was that she was sexually harassed at her present company. She put up with the harassment for a while because it was her boss, a partner in the firm. But she wisely kept all the texts and emails he sent her.
Finally, she became fed up and went to the Human Resources Department with her texts and emails. The boss was fired, but the company treated her as though she was the problem and the cause of a good man being fired. Former friends turned on her.
Stella went to a psychologist, trying to get a handle on her strange predicament. Her company then felt she was too unstable to handle her position because she needed counseling.
It then snowballed from there.
Depression settled upon her so that she felt her only hope was to move to another city.
Both of these females should have had everything going for them with their intelligence, looks and youthful energy. Yet, one was damaged in her childhood and the other was hit head on by an unwanted circumstance.
These two females’ depression illustrate two of the main causes for our fear, anxiety and depression.
(Continued in Part 3)