” For the highs and lows and moments between, mountains and valleys, and rivers and streams. For where you are not and where you will go. For I’ve always known and I told you so, for nothing is happening and all has gone wrong. It is here in this journey you will learn to be strong. You will get where you’re going, landing where you belong” Morgan Harper Nichols
Today I came across an old friend, who I knew a few years back. A jovial positive person that’s how I remember her but today she seemed different. So, we got talking, catch up on the years in between. Way into the conversation she mentioned how she has been struggling with depression. And listening to her tell her stories got me very emotional. Looking at her, am reminded of me years back, those were dark days.
When I talk about it now, it feels like it was someone else’s life. I remember not wanting to get out of bed in the morning. Some days I’d cry myself to sleep and didn’t think anyone would ever understand if I said something. Having been brought up in a Christian family, my way of coping was getting deep into church. I joined the Christian union, went to numerous prayer meetings, I shared my pain and struggle in my prayers. In a way it helped me cope.
Looking back, am honestly grateful to be here. And if I made it, I know there is hope for others like my old friend. There may be dark days where you feel like you are stuck too deep in a hole and no one can pull you out, but it gets better. After a stormy night, morning always comes. The rainbow that you see up in the sky means there is hope. We should never give up because we are always stronger than we think.
In my low moments I found my love for reading and journaling which was very cathartic. I came across stories of the many incredible people who made it through tough times, some of whom I look up to today. Am grateful that I know where to focus when I have a low moment now. I feel equipped.
My reason for this post, is that I know numerous people today struggle with depression and other psychological issues. I know I may not have all it takes to advice others on their situations, because every situation is different. But what I know is that there is hope. Getting over issues may not be as easy as saying prayers, but fighting to stay alive is where we start. Keeping silent never makes anything go away. Drugs, alcohol may numb us for a moment but when we wake up, it’s all still there.
We are blessed to be in a society where people are more informed and there is a lot of help around us. I’ve learnt that people are always willing to listen, there may be support from where we least expect only if we speak up. I’ve learnt that energy goes where your focus is, when you dwell too much on a negative situation, you get pulled back to those dark places. Am grateful and hopeful.
“Strength doesn’t come from what you do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t” Rikki Rogers
Be inspired to live your best live every day.