It reflects my reality perfectly; bound to despair, loneliness around others, a pointless existence.
Yes, it reflects your reality. And that’s something really important that you said here. It means this is based on how you feel at the moment. Meaning this is subjective. I’m not saying it’s not real, not valid. I know how much it is real for you, in your heart and your mind, and how much painful it is. I’m only saying that when we are very depressed, we can have this kind of veil in front of our eyes that prevents us to see any beauty in this world, in others, and in ourselves.
You said you wanted your mind to be changed. I think this is right here in this perception. And this is exactly why such a community exists. So you can ask: is my mind tricking me? Is my heart too heavy right now to perceive things clearly? So others can remind us that things can be different. That there can be this huge gap between how we feel and how life is, or can be.
I know how much deep and real are your feelings right now, and how convincing can be the conclusions that you have, based on those feelings. This is something that is mentioned in a TedxTalk that I personally particularly appreciate. It helped me when I was going through some pretty dark times. It is said very well in the middle of his speech, and his conclusion is right: “I had learned in my own depression how big an emotion can be, how it can be more real than facts. And I have found that that experience has allowed me to experience positive emotions in a more intense and in a more focused way.”
And that is why time is needed for you as well. Too many lives on this Earth has been blown away because of inner lies, inner struggles while time was required for them to see their perceptions being changed, having a different shape. I know it’s scary though. To rely on time, on others, especially when they’re just strangers. Especially when you are struggling at the present moment, intensely. It’s like you’re seeing something as being red while others are telling you “no, no, it’s blue, trust me”. You can conclude that they’re just stupid, wrong, blind or liars.
But I’ll tell you again: yes, things can be different. But it requires your own participation, friend.
Trust is difficult to accept, and to keep. And truths can be painful to admit as it doesn’t match with how we feel. I get that. Trusting others, but also yourself, can feel very risky. But as human beings, we all need each other. Especially when we’re going through some dark paths. And that comes from someone who can tell you, right now: “I see the two colors of this thing. Yes it’s red to you. And yes you can learn to see it as being blue”. It’s okay to be hurting, disappointed and to rest. But also, yes, you can experience something better. With time, compassion and love for yourelf.
This forum is full of messages of people who are going through similar feelings, thoughts, lies. Oh, the list of lies we can believe about this world and ourselves is endless… It can be about anything. But through all of these uncertainties, these doubts disguised in self-fulfilling prophecies, we are not alone. We, as human beings, can reflect on others experiences and realize that, finally, what we are going through, no matter what it is, is something we can overcome.
Try to talk to your girlfriend. Try to talk to a doctor. Again. Yea, I know. It’s exhausting. But you can do it. And if it was really exhausting already, if you felt alone before, know that you have us as a community here to support you. You’re here because indeed you want to change your mind. Your heart wants it. But it’s divided right now.
I want to share and quote to you this other video from the HS Youtube channel:
“The failure is a painful thing, right? It’s an awful thing to fall through the ground below when you want to grab that trapeze. All the way down, you can beat yourself up, callling yourself worthless for losing your grip again. And what’s worse is the crippling pain when you hit the ground.”
“Find an environment where it’s okay to fail. Surround yourself with people who will love you even when you’re not perfect. Hang around the crowd that will be your safety net. We’re stronger together in life. Because when we fall down, we can pick each other back up and give others the courage to try, and try again.”
This community here can be this safety net for you. And as you are here right now, I want to believe that you know it.
You are in a process of learning how do to with life and how to do with the obstacles on your road.
I believe in your capacity to reflect on yourself and try again.
I believe in you.