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'I worry my life will be over before I even get to live it'
"I worry I'm not going to get a chance to live my life before it ends."
'The fear of losing my family dragged me out of depression'
"Nobody outside of my husband son and daughter knew or guessed what had been going on."
'I was suicidal, but someone saw the signs and saved me'
Eventually, my mind was too full, in absolute turmoil. It was like very loud, unrelenting noise, noise that wouldn’t let me think clearly.
I nearly lost my life because someone was in too much of a hurry
'The scooter was locked under the front guard and he still kept moving forward.'
The cheeky antics I get up to when I'm feeling a bit 'old'
These days it's a case of what you see is what you get!
'I discovered some heartbreaking skeletons in my mother's closet'
"She was so unhappy. Her unhappiness caused many problems for her. It was not until I was in my 40s that I found out why she was like this."
'I hate being dragged into situations I want no part in'
"He handed me a photograph of a woman."
'My travels overseas made me think twice about single-use plastic bags'
"We have seen first-hand what problems discarded plastic and synthetic products can cause."
'Living on the aged pension is a depressing balancing act'
"I have noticed the same items I buy from the same supermarket are going up in price every week and it's not just by one or two cents. It is getting depressing."
'I let go of the need for approval and am thriving'
A random act of kindness is always uplifting for whoever is involved.
'I make financial decisions month-by-month on the pension'
"Unexpected accounts are difficult but not impossible, and everything that is not necessary is pared back to a minimum."
'There's no politician I can stand to vote for, so I don't'
"The only gas coming out of our politicians is being spewed from their mouths."
'My daughter-in-law hates me because I am a strong woman'
"I never assume I will see the grandchildren on a regular basis. I have to be content with whatever time I get."
'My scheming younger sister stopped me from going to my parents' funerals'
"We were not informed when our mother passed away, however the internet can be very helpful when it comes to finding things..."
'I don't ever want my children to feel the way my mother made me feel'
Mothers come in all shapes and forms -- some kinder than others.
Why Mother's Day is just another day for me
"I have not had the pleasure of a naturally loving daughter."
'I couldn't find my family's long-lost Anzac on the Roll of Honour'
Wanting to commemorate her family's war heroes became something like an episode of 'Who do you think you are?'.
Defining the 'bleeding hearts' in this mad, mad world
"Baking a cake for charity is a self-deluding act; a balm for the conscience. It makes you feel righteous and charitable."
'I started falling apart after I turned 50'
"Everyone tells you about the horrible drink you have to get through to clear out the system, and they were not lying."
My memories of a childhood without the rose-coloured glasses
Not everyone has idyllic memories of growing up in the '50s and '60s.
'I didn't realise I'd been battling depression'
"How to get out of this dilemma?"
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