My Year of Yes

By Brittni Barcase

A few years ago, I lost someone dear to me to cancer. 

Emotionally paralyzed by my grief, I tried to reconnect with anything that even slightly resembled the joy I once knew. After months and months of searching, I decided that perhaps the solution was simpler than I realized. What if I committed to saying ‘yes’ to life, I wondered?

And just like that, my curiosity led me to my year of yes.


Brittni Barcase is a Health Educator at Jewish Community Services.

The Mental Well, an initiative of JCS, is an online community for young adults, created by young adults, who are navigating the highs and lows that accompany their 20s and 30s. To learn more, visit thementalwellblog.org or email thementalwell@jcsbaltimore.org.

JCS is a comprehensive human services organization providing a broad range of services that meet the diverse, multi-dimensional needs of individuals and families throughout Central Maryland. To learn more, visit jcsbalt.org or 410-466-9200.

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