Many of us suffering from depression find ourselves hiding away in the dark, hoping no one will notice but wanting the world to hear our internal screams.
No one wants to be that one person on social media who is bringing everyone down. So we suffer in silence, alone in a world full of people.
When we do reach out we are often told, “It will get better,” and “Everything will be okay.” But when we are stuck in the dark this offers no comfort and even makes things feel worse.
When you can’t even see the light, how do you know where to reach or what to reach for?
I understand this feeling and I want you to know YOU ARE NOT ALONE. And there is hope.
Lately it seems good news is hard to find. Many of us struggle in our daily lives to simply exist. We work to make ends meet, living paycheck to paycheck to support ourselves or our families.
Some of us have medical conditions or financial struggles, and some of us have no obvious reason to be sad or depressed, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t.
The headlines are yelling at us daily that things are not going well in the world. They focus on corrupt leaders, social dissent, terrorism, mass shootings, bombings, people dying, and now we are plagued with natural disasters one after the next, from earthquakes and hurricanes to devastating fires.
Let’s not even mention the “news” about celebrities, politicians, business moguls and stupid arguments on Twitter that feel petty in comparison. Okay, I mentioned it.
With advances of technology and social media, the information we have access to can be overwhelming. These days, it’s just plain depressing. During times like this it’s hard enough to focus on our own needs much less the needs of others. I’m here to remind you, YOU ARE IMPORTANT.
Just because others are suffering in huge ways does not mean you cannot acknowledge your own suffering. You must take care of yourself and learn to persevere to find a way into the sunlight, and that starts with acknowledging that your suffering does exist.
There is always going to be someone in the world who has it worse than you. That doesn’t mean that you aren’t hurting. It’s just as important to take care of yourself and sometimes that’s all you can offer to the world. And, for now, it’s enough.
I am a fellow voice in the dark. I’ve found and lost the sunlight many times, and I am still here to tell my tales. Guess what, so are you!
I have come to the point where I want to share my successes and failures with others with the hope it will help. If even one person benefits from this then I am fulfilling a purpose and finding a reason to exist.
This is a time for new beginnings. I am with you and you are with me. Let’s climb through the clouds and find the sunshine together. Please feel free to reach out to me if you need someone.
And if this is a day when you’re not ready for that, let’s just sit in the dark together and comfort each other.
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