Over a period of approximately 15 years, depression had become almost a way of life. Every aspect of life was shrouded in a pervading fog. I could be outwardly happy but always there lingered a sadness, sometimes a niggle, sometimes a tidal wave. Earlier this year I retracted the permission I had given myself to remain depressed. Although this sounds so simple in writing, in fact it has been the greatest challenge of my life and amongst my proudest achievements. It has been a very personal achievement and a very significant battle. My short answer to how is that I accepted contentment and that I am worthy of happiness. When I write that it sounds so simple! This is my story.