BY JORDAN CORCORAN
I have two mental disorders. I am an entrepreneur. I am high maintenance. I am a middle child. I am really dramatic. Because of these things that I am, do you know how many times I have been told to get over myself? More times than I can count.
I used to think this was a mean or aggressive thing to say. It made me feel like it was alluding to the fact that maybe I was weak or that what I was going through was trivial and I needed to grow up and get a grip. Now, after 11 years of battling my disorders and 4 years of running my own business, I have a different understanding of the phrase.
IT'S NOT SO NEGATIVE ANYMORE.
In addition to all these things, I am also the creator of Listen, Lucy. It’s a place to express yourself. Freely. Creatively. Anonymously. To find comfort in seeing that you are not alone.
I started this organization with the mission to make this world a less judgmental, more accepting place.
I speak to middle school, high school, and college students, as well as to organizations, about my battle with Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Panic Disorder. My self-love social media campaigns have been featured on national media outlets, and I am determined to work until my organization ends the stigma around mental illness.
There are so many things that we can say are holding us back. There are always going to be reasons why we don’t do something, why we don’t think we can reach our goals. We need to get over that. We need to get over the fear and stop letting our shortcomings kill our dreams. We need to get over ourselves.
READ JORDAN'S TIPS FOR GETTING OVER YOURSELF IN ISSUE 08.
Jordan Corcoran went to Mercyhurst College. During her freshman year, she was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Panic Disorder. After going through a very difficult struggle with coming to terms and learning to cope with these disorders, Jordan created an outlet where people can openly and candidly share their own challenges and personal struggles. She speaks publicly to college, high school, and middle school students about her story, Listen, Lucy and the importance of acceptance-- of others and of yourself. She is the author of Listen, Lucy Volume I and has been featured on Today.com as well as UpWorthy.com for her self-love campaigns. She recently filmed The Acceptance Movement docu-series which features her speaking to 10 schools and organizations in the United States and revealing the powerful impact this organization can have on an individual. Her mission is simple- she wants to create a less judgmental, more accepting world.
Website - http://listenlucy.org
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/listen_lucy/