Hello everyone! My name is Ava. I am twenty years old, but most of the time I feel much older. I wish I could be carefree like everyone else but unfortunately my life hasn't been so fun. I have had depression for as long as I can remember but it got a lot worse when my mother abandoned our family when I was twelve. Just told us she was going to get some groceries and that was it. My dad got a phone call a few days later and she said she couldn't handle it anymore. He has been withdrawn and depressed ever since. Our house isn't exactly party central. But, I am leaving our family house and headed to a different city to seek a new life. I'm currently trying to save enough money to go to art school, but there have been setbacks. I'm just trying to be better, in some way. Wow, this post is depressing, but I am glad to be here and get to know you all. I feel close to a lot of you already.