Don’t Put Down The Pen

Advice To My Younger Self

Don’t put down the pen just yet

There is still so much left to write

Your story has just begun

Don’t give up so soon

There is always another chapter

There can always be a happy ending

You just need to keep writing

This week, I wanted to share a poem I wrote for Mental Health Awareness Month instead of another type of post. For anyone struggling with depression or suicidal thoughts, know that you’re not alone and that there are always ways to deal with these issues so please don’t give up.

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85 responses to “Don’t Put Down The Pen”

  1. Lovely!

  2. Love the writing analogy because a tough chapter is never the end of the book.

    1. Thanks and yes exactly.

  3. Hello my friend, how amazing to see you continuing with your important posts for the community. Sending love x

    1. Thanks so much!

  4. I love this Pooja. So promising and yes, I agree! Keep writing your happy ending. So good! 💖

    1. Thanks so much!! 💕😊

  5. Beautiful!

  6. What a sweet poem.
    I will share it with someone I know, who really needs these words.

    1. Thanks, I hope it helps them.

      1. I will let you know their response.
        Have a great weekend ahead.

  7. مرسی عزیز دلم

    I’m tired of people “specially women” threatening me.

    “Men” I know how to shut them up. It <> when other women attack me.

    1. Yeah sometimes women can be problematic as well.

  8. So true. Sometimes one can be so easily discouraged. Keep going. The thing is writing is hard to calibrate or even evaluate. It’s not like other work that have a definite shape and progress… It’s all in the head.

    1. Yes absolutely. It is generally mostly going on in your head and it’s hard to show progress until it’s completed. Plus, writing is so subjective.

  9. Beautiful message!

  10. Loved this, Pooja!

    1. Thanks so much!

  11. Beautiful analogy. We should keep fighting. Moving forward.

    1. Thanks and yes absolutely.

  12. Yes. I was suffering & under medication. So i know the pain . Raise the awareness about this subject.

    1. Thanks and I hope you are better now.

  13. Thank you❤

  14. Beautiful poem. I just loved it😌

    1. Thanks so much ☺

  15. Everyone has a story they want to write and tell, but sometimes it can be hard to write. We just have to start writing it until the ending is how we want it. Keep writing, you never know what you may come up with.

    1. Yes I absolutely agree. You may do even better than expected sometimes.

      1. You are absolutely right.

  16. Inspiring 😊😊

    1. Thanks so much ☺

  17. One of the best pieces of business advice I’ve ever received is to just keep going and finish. That poem, that short story, that novel. Finishing the first draft feels overwhelming, much like life can feel at times. Thank you for sharing! I love reading your writing.

    1. Thanks so much! To keep going is the most important thing one can do.

  18. I know this is really weird from me telling to a stranger but I found comfort in your words of wisdom and for anyone reading this: I’m almost 40 and a straight woman with no children but if ever someone forced me to have sex with them and if I got magically pregnant and if I gave birth to a daughter (I am sorry but I don’t care if it’s any other kind of child), please please help me if that ever happens because I don’t want to marry or have a biological daughter by force and I don’t want to give birth in a home with no medical equipment around and please help me and my daughter after birth to run AWAY from these monsters that are threatening me like this and help me go somewhere in this earth without these monsters know where I am and I know of what to do next for me and my biological daughter. Just make sure these monsters never come back to my life.

    So far, I am healthy, living with my biological parents, and I have no biological children or a husband but I thought to share this here maybe some random person on Earth sees this and keeps an eye on me until I reach the age I can no longer give biological birth to a daughter(s) -you never know how many daughters- or these monsters call me my parents (I’m guessing god parents I fucking never knew I had because my biological parents are angels) leave me alone.

    I just wanted one random person to read this on Earth and on the internet so maybe they keep an eye on me.

    May God or whatever you believe help me and I am thankful to you from the bottom of my heart. May you achieve what you desire for just reading this

    Ellie from California (May of 2022)

  19. Thanks for posting this.

    1. Happy to do so.

  20. Beautiful blog ☺️❤️

    1. Thanks! 🥰

  21. Wonderful post, Pooja!

    1. Thank you!

  22. “There can always be a happy ending

    You just need to keep writing”

    Yessss! Love this!

    1. Thanks so much!!

  23. Such an important poem and message. It’s hard to find reasons to keep going with the state of the world right now, but we must keep seeking our own little joys through the chaos of life.

    1. Thanks so much. Yeah, there’s so much going on and a lot of people are experiencing so many negative emotions but it’s important not to get overwhelmed and to always keep going.

  24. This is so relevant! We all have stories that deserve to be lived out, we just have to be willing to keep going – very powerful!

    1. Thanks and yes absolutely!

  25. This spoke to me in so many ways at different levels…thank you Pooja. I will remember to keep writing. Love & light

    1. Thanks so much and yes always keep writing.

  26. I read something about people who have a tattoo of a semicolon on their wrist is a symbol of having got through the worst of mental health problems. I loved the explanation of why a semicolon is the best symbol to have for that

    1. Yeah I have seen those too and it definitely is a beautiful symbol.

      1. It is! It feels so right

        1. Yeah I think it’s a perfect symbol and reminder of everything you’ve been through and why you should keep going.

  27. Yes girl!!! Love this, no matter our story we have to keep writing until we get that happy ending.

    1. Yes, exactly- we just have to keep going!

  28. It’s such an amazing piece of writing 👍😊

    1. Thanks 😊

  29. I have struggled with suicidal thoughts before. Apparently, it was a symptom of my schizophrenia. Thankfully, I am on an adequate dose of medication to manage my mental health. Life goes on. Life is good. Nice poem.

    1. Sorry to hear you went through that but glad you’re medication is working for you. Thanks so much.

  30. Inspiration💗💗

    1. Thanks 😊

  31. That’s perfect for mental health awareness!! Absolutely gorgeous writing

    1. Thanks so much!

      1. Absolutely!

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  33. Thank you for the motivation. I won’t put my pen down yet bc i still have more to write…

    1. Glad to hear that.

  34. Thank you 😢

    1. Of course 😀

  35. […] Don’t Put Down The Pen […]

  36. We are all still here. Do not harm yourself.

    1. Yes, there is always hope.

  37. I love this.

    1. Thank you so much.

  38. Beautiful poem. It reminds me of what I went through in 2017. I almost “put the pen down.” But, I’m still here and practicing coping skills daily. Some days are harder than others, but I have art and poetry to help me. I’ve noticed how therapeutic the two can be. They’re my life, in addition to my husband and two cats.

  39. Thank you for sharing this! I find that sometimes at the end of the day I get so tired and lazy and don’t feel like writing especially when I’ve had a bad day, but at the end of it, I feel so refreshed to get the words on the paper and the thoughts out of my head. It’s nice to be reassured of it.


    1. My pleasure! I absolutely know that feeling. Sometimes I have to push myself to sit down and write but like you said it’s worth it in the end.

  40. Keep writing, keep living, thank you

    1. Yes, absolutely. My pleasure.

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