This young mother’s post about depression is very real and relatable

A 25-year-old mother shared this photo to talk about her depression.

US-based Brittany Ernsperger, a 25-year-old young mother’s post on depression went viral after she wrote about the reality of what it feels like to be depressed. Ernsperger posted a photograph of clean dishes on her kitchen counter and captioned it “This is what depression looks like”.

Since posting it on Facebook, her post has been shared by over 2 lakh people because of how relatable it is. One comment reads, “This is one of the best descriptions I’ve heard for depression/anxiety and it really helps to end the stigma attached to mental health issues (and) to show it in a nice normal looking family kitchen… kudos to you for sharing your struggle!” Another reads, “This is the story of my life.”

Ernsperger’s candid message about living with depression resonated with thousands of people who shared her post and tagged friends. Many people called it “honest”.

Ernsperger writes below her photo,

“This is what depression looks like. No. Not the clean dishes. But that there were that many dishes in the first place; that I’ve gone 2 weeks without doing them. 3 days ago I sat on the kitchen floor and stared at them while I cried. I knew they needed to be done. I wanted to do them so bad.

But depression pulled me under. It sucked me in. Like a black hole. Rapidly, sinking quick-sand.

I walked by them morning and night and all day long. And just looked at them. Telling myself that I could do them. Telling myself that I would. And feeling defeated everyday that I didn’t. Making the depression only that much worse because not accomplishing something that needs to be done is failure.

She further adds, “Depression is something that “strong” people don’t talk about because they don’t want people to think they’re “weak”. You’re not weak. You’ve been strong for so long and through so many things, that your body needs a break.”

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Most MBA grads make this common mistake, says billion-dollar start-up founder

Graduates in gown and caps celebrate their graduation at the HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management in Leipzig, Germany.

For many, an MBA seems like a surefire route to a high-powered career with a hefty pay packet to match.

According to the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), 89 percent of recent business school graduates secured full-time employment this year. The majority of them were in traditional industries such as services (24 percent), finance and accounting (14 percent) and consulting (13 percent), according to the survey. Almost half of those jobs offered salaries of $125,000 or more, according to a separate study.

But that could be where many grads are going wrong, according to Steven Lam, co-founder and CEO of billion-dollar start-up GoGoVan, an on-demand van-hailing app which aims to solve logistical problems in big Asian cities.

The 32-year-old, who graduated from the University of California-Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, said too many students fall into tried and tested MBA careers — namely finance, accounting and consulting — when they could instead use their skills to shake up the business world.

“There are a lot of things out there,” Lam told CNBC Make It. “You don’t need to be fixated on accounting or finance.”

“Around the world there’s thousands and thousands of companies … The greatest ones are not accounting firms, financial firms or consulting firms.” -Steven Lam, co-founder and CEO of GoGoVan

It’s a realization he reached on his first day at the prestigious business school. Having worked hard to earn his place after dropping out of high school in his native Hong Kong, Lam might have followed a similar route if it weren’t for a business ethics class from Professor Alan Ross.

“He said: ‘We are here to give you guys education. But education means building society, the world, in a lot of different angles,'” Lam recalled the professor saying.

By that, Lam said, Ross wanted to open students’ eyes to the idea that an MBA can be put toward other avenues that address some of society’s biggest issues. According to GMAC’s research, in 2018, just 11 percent of MBA grads went into governmental or nonprofit roles, while 6 percent went into healthcare.

“That was the first class and I remember it so well,” said Lam. “So when I graduated I just wanted to do something meaningful.”

For his part, Lam went on to build a multinational on-demand logistics platform, which provides delivery services across six countries in Asia. The company directly employs 2,000 people and supports a network of 8 million drivers.

But, he said, working for a major company can also provide a real opportunity to drive forward industry practices and society more generally.

“Around the world, there’s thousands and thousands of companies out there. The greatest ones are not accounting firms, financial firms or consulting firms. The greatest firms are called Fortune 500. Each of them sell different kinds of stuff, have different types of business,” said Lam, citing the likes of Caterpillar, Walmart, Apple and Google.

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