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Molly1977 aged 39
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empathic , friendly , kind

Self description

Female , 39

I am a 'mature' student studying Social Work and living in the centre of Manchester, i have just got engaged and am happy - most of the time! I love my friends and my family - although they live elsewhere, i miss them very much but i don't think i will ever leave Manchester now i love living here! I absolutely adore animals, in particular cats!! but as i live in a flat i can't have one but as soon as i can move into a house, the cat sanctury is first on my list! I hate cruelty and bullying of any kind, and do tend to take things to heart too much. I get upset at stories on the news and in the newspaper, sometimes too much but i would rather be like this then not care! I love going out with friends and spending money even though i never have any! I enjoy my Uni course although i do find it difficult, however the choice to go back to do this course was definitely the best decision i ever made and i hope when i do get a job in the field i will be happy (: x

Life experiences

low moods/depression

i suffer from depression - not all the time but i have probably had 2 or 3 bouts of suffering from it quite badly and have taken anti depressants in the past however i do try not to take such things as i believe they merely mask the problem rather than help - my opinion anyway! I believe talking it through is better although i know from being depressed myself that sometimes you just want to shut yourself off from everyone and everything and not answer the phone or go out or do anything.

having the courage to make a big change!

Perhaps this is linked to depression but i always feel like theres something 'missing' and that i can never let go and be completely and utterly happy. Im sure a lot of people feel like this but i think about it constantly and am always changing my mind about what to do next! I like to keep busy and recently left a long term job doing something i hated to go back to university to do something i do want to do, at the same time i also walked out of an 8 year relationship with someone i loved but was not 'in love' with and this was by far and so far the hardest thing i have ever had to do. It was also the best thing i ever did as was going back to university.

self confidence and insecurity

people think i am 'bubbly' and outgoing but deep down i know that i am not and sometimes have to force myself to overcome my shyness and speak to strangers or even sometimes people i know. There are very few people that know me very well - only maybe 2 or 3 know me inside out and i do find it difficult to get to know people well - although i have lots of friends. I am a pretty private person and do compare myself to others constantly - friends or otherwise.

Why mentor on horsesmouth?

I have done a bit of volunteering over the years for different things and i have done some mentoring too but i had to give this up simply because i didn't have the time to go out and see the young people i was mentoring however the time that i did do it i enjoyed doing it and felt like maybe i could make a difference - although i know things i have faced perhaps pale in comparison to what others have to face however i feel i have a empathic nature and am a very good listener! I am non judgemental and would like to help anybody - if i can! (:

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