When I was 15 years of age, my world had fallen apart. I had just come back to Singapore from the USA to find that my parents were going to get divorced, that I had lost my best friends, and my grades were slipping. In the grip of a crippling depression, I wanted to end my life.?
I almost did. But then I watched an anime called Neon Genesis Evangelion, and I decided not to.
That, and many other things, gave me the strength to survive the ensuing years in which things did not get better, but worse. But at the age of 33, as the final blow in a battle against abuse and debilitating mental illness, I decided to write my life story. Which is what you see before you now.
I no longer have any mental illness of any kind whatsoever. (certified by my kind doctors who have been with me for much of the way.) My family, once torn and twisted almost to pieces, is on the mend. But from the ashes of that war of two decades was born a new dream, a purpose forged from sorrow and despair.?
I want to share my story in the hopes that it may prevent its recurrence. To inspire and educate and tell others that they are not alone. To make you laugh, cry, learn and grow.? To light a flame against the tides of shadow.?
And yes, like the title states…video games and anime really did save my life. If you want to know how, you’re going to have to read the book 🙂