My friends call me “Soi Sailom Ambassador” because I know so many people there! I moved here from Chiangmai thirteen years ago, since I was a student. Now I’m completely blended into the neighborhood – the fruit vendor, the food stall people, they know my orders and they say hi to me. Some of them have become good friends because I’m a frequent customer. Strangely, I have been living with depression and on medication for a long time. Especially these days, it pains me to think about those people who are in worse positions. Sometimes when I feel like I’m spiraling, going outside helps. No need for a conversation, just saying hi to the people in the community. It makes me feel like I belong.

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