Anonymous – San Francisco, United States

I began watching Skam about a month before the 4th season began. A friend told me “watch this show so we can talk about it. I think you will be amazed by it.” So I looked for it online, and began watching… and I was more than amazed. I can’t find a word to say how it made me feel. For the first time, a show was taking a young girl’s feelings and world view seriously, with kindness and compassion. I have never seen a girl’s life treated like that in a television show. I thought I’d watch a few episodes that night, maybe two, but I ended up watching about 6 episodes. I was addicted. I watched season 1 – 3 in one week. So many of the characters affected me and I fell in love with most of them. I felt like they were my friends. I could relate to Sana so much, showing a tough exterior that is hard to maintain. I loved Chris and wanted so much to hang out with her, especially on my bad days. Most of all, I was so thankful that Julie Andem created Even. As someone who has suffered from clinical depression and anxiety, I was so thankful to see a character on television that suffered from mental illness and had similar fears to mine. Will anybody love me even though I have been sick? Will I ruin people’s lives because I hurt them when I’m depressed? Am I too damaged to be loved? Will people get tired of me and all my problems? Watching Even be loved by Isak and for Isak to tell him that he was not alone gave me so much hope! People will love you despite it all. I felt so much braver after watching Even live his life, he is so brave. So brave I often ask myself “what would Even do?” And Isak’s word: Life is NOW. I remind myself of that every day. Thank you Julie Andem, thank you to the wonderful actors, thank you to everyone that made this show possible. Tusen takk! ALT ER LOVE