Dave Kosin is creating my work in progress, as yet untitled book
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Hi.  I'm Dave.  I live with depression.  For years, I was too ashamed to talk about it.  That all changed one day in 2017, as I sat on a rocky beach depicted in the photo above.  I was compelled to tell the world about my experience for reasons I still can't quite fathom, so I sat down on a rock and started typing out a long Facebook post.  I didn't know how it would go over.  The response changed my life.

Friends and family, some very close to me and some with whom I hadn't spoken in years, lent me so much support and warmth that I was literally overwhelmed.  I didn't know how to process it all.  And I didn't know what to do next.  A couple of people suggested writing a book--writing has always been my thing, after all.  I didn't take it seriously at first, but then I did, and the words began to flow.

I'm not a psychologist, a psychiatrist or a credentialed expert in any way, so it's not about the science and medicine of depression.  What I am is a human being just like you, moving through the world just like you, trying to live and love and work and play and survive and thrive just like you...all with an 800 lb. gorilla on my back.  I also know that I'm not alone--a great many people have a gorilla just like mine or maybe a little different; maybe yours is anxiety, or body image issues.  

My hope with this book project is to share my story so that you may see something with which you can identify, and with any luck, use my experience to inform your actions.  I hope you can see yourself or someone you love in me and gain an insight into how insidious mental illness can be, and how it can decimate even those who seem like they have it all together.  In short, I hope my story can help you with yours.

The book is not done; far from it. I've been writing in bits and pieces for the last 14 months, and I very much intend to keep going.  I'm here for a few reasons.  First and foremost, I want to start sharing my message now, rather than waiting for it all to be done.  Perhaps the most important chapter of the book was the one I wrote first.  It's a window into the deepest, darkest days of my struggle, detailing how close to the edge depression pushed me and how I was able to pull myself back.  If you know me well--and even if you don't--you'll probably find it startling and unsettling.  I hope you do.  That's the point.

Part of my recent journey of exploring and tackling my mental illness involved getting myself out of a career path that had long since stopped being conducive to my health.  I'm in the process of forging a new path now, and while the sense of relief and freedom I've gained from leaving my old career behind is priceless, the reality of the modern world is that relief and freedom don't pay the bills.  So here I am.  I don't intend to become a millionaire from this.  I'm just hoping to share my story and stay afloat during a period of great change in my life.  Doing so would allow me to keep pushing ahead, and keep putting my experience into words with the goal of having something resembling a "book" finished within the next 12 months.  In the meantime, I'll share with you new chapter(s) and revisions and updates to previous ones near the start of each month.  And I welcome any and all feedback along the way! 

I hope you'll consider investing in my journey.  Even more than that, I hope it proves to be an investment in yourself as well.
Tiers
Ground Floor
$5 or more per month
Get access to the book as it exists so far. More than 10,000 words that provide an insight into my journey, and a feel for what the rest of the book will bring.  I'll share new chapters, and revisions to previous ones, near the start of each month.
All Access
$15 or more per month
Get access to the book as it exists so far. More than 10,000 words that provide an insight into my journey, and a feel for what the rest of the book will bring.  I'll share new chapters, and revisions to previous ones, near the start of each month.  When it's finished and ready to publish, you'll receive a free copy of the eBook with my sincerest thanks and an acknowledgement in the book!
Hi.  I'm Dave.  I live with depression.  For years, I was too ashamed to talk about it.  That all changed one day in 2017, as I sat on a rocky beach depicted in the photo above.  I was compelled to tell the world about my experience for reasons I still can't quite fathom, so I sat down on a rock and started typing out a long Facebook post.  I didn't know how it would go over.  The response changed my life.

Friends and family, some very close to me and some with whom I hadn't spoken in years, lent me so much support and warmth that I was literally overwhelmed.  I didn't know how to process it all.  And I didn't know what to do next.  A couple of people suggested writing a book--writing has always been my thing, after all.  I didn't take it seriously at first, but then I did, and the words began to flow.

I'm not a psychologist, a psychiatrist or a credentialed expert in any way, so it's not about the science and medicine of depression.  What I am is a human being just like you, moving through the world just like you, trying to live and love and work and play and survive and thrive just like you...all with an 800 lb. gorilla on my back.  I also know that I'm not alone--a great many people have a gorilla just like mine or maybe a little different; maybe yours is anxiety, or body image issues.  

My hope with this book project is to share my story so that you may see something with which you can identify, and with any luck, use my experience to inform your actions.  I hope you can see yourself or someone you love in me and gain an insight into how insidious mental illness can be, and how it can decimate even those who seem like they have it all together.  In short, I hope my story can help you with yours.

The book is not done; far from it. I've been writing in bits and pieces for the last 14 months, and I very much intend to keep going.  I'm here for a few reasons.  First and foremost, I want to start sharing my message now, rather than waiting for it all to be done.  Perhaps the most important chapter of the book was the one I wrote first.  It's a window into the deepest, darkest days of my struggle, detailing how close to the edge depression pushed me and how I was able to pull myself back.  If you know me well--and even if you don't--you'll probably find it startling and unsettling.  I hope you do.  That's the point.

Part of my recent journey of exploring and tackling my mental illness involved getting myself out of a career path that had long since stopped being conducive to my health.  I'm in the process of forging a new path now, and while the sense of relief and freedom I've gained from leaving my old career behind is priceless, the reality of the modern world is that relief and freedom don't pay the bills.  So here I am.  I don't intend to become a millionaire from this.  I'm just hoping to share my story and stay afloat during a period of great change in my life.  Doing so would allow me to keep pushing ahead, and keep putting my experience into words with the goal of having something resembling a "book" finished within the next 12 months.  In the meantime, I'll share with you new chapter(s) and revisions and updates to previous ones near the start of each month.  And I welcome any and all feedback along the way! 

I hope you'll consider investing in my journey.  Even more than that, I hope it proves to be an investment in yourself as well.

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Tiers
Ground Floor
$5 or more per month
Get access to the book as it exists so far. More than 10,000 words that provide an insight into my journey, and a feel for what the rest of the book will bring.  I'll share new chapters, and revisions to previous ones, near the start of each month.
All Access
$15 or more per month
Get access to the book as it exists so far. More than 10,000 words that provide an insight into my journey, and a feel for what the rest of the book will bring.  I'll share new chapters, and revisions to previous ones, near the start of each month.  When it's finished and ready to publish, you'll receive a free copy of the eBook with my sincerest thanks and an acknowledgement in the book!