My name’s Carlin. Marlin with a C. It is Irish Gaelic for “little champion”, and Scottish for “old lady”.
I’m a 25 year old guy living in Sydney, Australia, and over the last year or so I’ve started to re-learn a few things about life, faith in Jesus, and mental health. I’ve slowly emerged from a long 5 year struggle with heavy depression and anxiety. Through changing my beliefs about myself and the world, changing the way that I think, and the way that I live, I’ve basically become a new person, with a new passion for life and excitement for all that is ahead.
This blog started in mid 2016 as an outlet to try and understand the things that really help make life a little bit better, versus the things that don’t.
Music and Mental Health
Music has played a big role in my mental health journey. I began composing my own weird music in 2016 as a kind of therapy, and it worked wonders. After a year of trial and error, I gave birth to another “lovechild”; an EP of weird cinematic hip hop music, Out of Nothing.
It was a long project that followed me through my growth journey throughout 2016. And, super low key, I’m pretty proud of it. Get it for free here. Or, it is available on iTunes, Spotify, and Google Play.
And there will be more to come soon – better quality, more refined, and even weirder.
If I had to pick one thing for you to leave here with, though, it would be this:
God loves us despite us. That’s called grace.
Grace for Failures
Grace is a weird word that Christians tend to use a lot, yet a lot of the time we don’t really understand what we are saying (guilty as charged). In the Bible, grace is the concept of “undeserved favour“. We get accepted, even though we didn’t earn it or merit it.
This means that whatever you’ve done, whatever mistakes you’ve made, whatever you still fail to do, there is hope for you, because God offers us grace – he is for us. We have his favour. As a Christian, because of what Jesus has done for me, I am always loved, forgiven and accepted by God.
Through grace, there is no crushing guilt when we fail. There is no heaping of shame, no shaking of heads in disappointment. Instead, we forget our mistakes, give it to God, and move forward. Like the Apostle Paul, my daily goal is to focus on this one thing:
“Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.” (Philippians 3:13-14 NLT)
That is my goal with this blog – not to guilt trip, but instead to inspire, to start a conversation, and to be real about the difficulties of day to day living. I’m excited to share this journey with you, and hope it inspires you to move forward in your own life, into whatever is next for you.