When I was growing up in Mexico, I had a simple dream: to go to New York and become a taxi driver. We did not have cable back home – or even a TV – but the mansion where my mother worked as a cook did, and I would sometimes get to watch an American show when the owners were not home.
As I flipped through the channels, one of the movies getting televised was King Kong. I was in awe of the giant ape that stood on top of what I later found out as the Empire State Building, beating its chest while swiping planes left and ride. Then, the disco classic, Saturday Night Fever, featured the incredible John Travolta and various locations in Brooklyn. My mindset at the time was, “The only way I could afford to live in such an expensive city as if I could drive well in those jam-packed streets.”
Living The American Dream
I managed to fulfill my dream of going to the United States at 21 years old. I was already working for my mother’s employer as a driver at the time, and he trusted me to drive him out of the Mexican border and throughout different states for a month.
On the last day, though, my boss told me to take him to the John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City because he had a plane to catch. In my native language, I said, “Don’t worry, boss, I will bring the car back to your mansion safely.”
You could imagine my surprise when my boss replied, “No need. Just find accommodation here once I’m gone.”
The elderly gentlemen smile at me. “I know it’s been your dream to become a driver in this city for a long time, Jose. As a parting gift, I am giving you this car so you can start living your dream. Good luck.”
I was unable to contain my happiness at that instant. I thought, “This is it!” I did not worry about being an illegal immigrant or having no home to stay back then; the only thing in my mind was that I could finally live my American dream.
For the first couple of days, I learned the routes and signages. I also knew a few English words to get by, so I read the street signs and whatnot. On my third day, I found a taxi company that was willing to give me a job and help me file my work papers in exchange for $1,000. Since I was still naïve about scammers at the time, I gave him most of my savings and what little money that my old boss left to me. However, I could not find the guy anymore the next day, and I was left with $100 in my pocket.
Facing The Harsh Reality
I could have gone back home, but I did not do that. I tried to make do with $100 by eating once a day and walking everywhere to save on gas. The more days went on, though, the more I felt depressed. Even if my family did not have much, we could eat three times a day back in Mexico. Even if we worked as servants, we had a steady income. My depression got to the point where I tried to step in front of a speeding car.
Luckily, the driver stopped in the nick of time. When the man went down the car, I thought that I was about to get deported. However, when he learned my story, he said that he would help me. But before that, I had to overcome my depression.
What is the number 1 cause of depression?
It seems impossible to pinpoint the leading cause of depression, given that various occurrences can make a person depressed. Nevertheless, many experts believe that neurological changes may be the reason behind this mental disorder.
Which profession has the highest rate of depression?
Based on the World Health Organization (WHO) statistics, the individuals who provide public or private transportation services had the highest rate of depression.
Can depression change your brain permanently?
Unfortunately, yes – depression can change your brain permanently. Many people may receive therapy or antidepressants for years, but only a few can make a full recovery.
What are the three types of depression?
- Persistent depressive disorder (PDD)
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Major depression
What are the nine causes of depression?
- Experiencing any form of abuse
- Taking select drugs (e.g., corticosteroids, interferon-alpha, isotretinoin, etc.)
- Dealing with personal or professional conflicts
- Losing a job or loved one
- Experiencing major life changes
- Curbing excessive drug use
- Getting diagnosed with a severe physical condition
- Carrying genes that contribute to the development of the mental disorder
Does depression count as a disability?
Yes, depression counts as a disability, according to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). After all, dealing with severe symptoms of depression can prevent a person from living normally.
What profession has the highest divorce rate?
According to the American Community Survey that the U.S. Census Bureau conducted in 2015, gaming managers tend to experience divorce more than other professionals.
What are the five most stressful jobs?
- Patrol officer
Are dentists depressed?
Considering a study has concluded that dental professionals are susceptible to stress and burnout, it is highly possible for dentists to get depressed.
Does depression age your brain?
New research that depression can make the brain look older. Thus, a depressed person may be more prone to age-related conditions than other same-aged individuals.
Can depression change your personality?
Yes, depression can change your personality, especially when it is so severe.
What causes long term depression?
- Traumatic life events
- Stressful situations
- Existing mental disorders
- Negative personality traits
What will happen if you cry a lot?
Crying offers a lot of benefits, including:
- Calming your thoughts and emotions
- Receiving emotional support from loved ones and other concerned individuals
- Reducing your pain
- Encouraging the production of feel-good hormones
- Getting rid of stress and toxins
- Helping you sleep more peacefully than ever
- Combatting bacterial infection
- Keeping the eyes from drying out
How do I know if I’m bipolar?
- You experience extreme happiness or sadness for an extended period each time.
- Sometimes, you feel too energetic to sleep. Other times, you can hardly pull yourself out of bed.
- Your brain may process and produce fresh ideas quickly one day and then fail to absorb anything the next day.
- You cannot concentrate on your tasks because you are feeling either impulsive or tired.
- It’s challenging for you to make excellent decisions.
- There may be days when you feel overly optimistic or pessimistic about everything.
Which type of depression is the most common type of mood disorder?
Major depression is the most common type of mood disorder. Approximately 17.3 million adult Americans have shown signs of it in 2017, according to a National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) study.
It had been 20 years since that eventful day happened. After that, I became a personal driver, and my new boss helped me get a legal work visa. When I had enough money, I bought a couple of taxis and hired two people to drive them around New York. The two cars became five, then 10, then 30, and I respectfully resigned from my job to manage my business. Yes, I achieved my dreams and more.