There is a resilience that emanates from most young children. Whether physical or emotional, they find the strength to rebound from an injury or plight, happier and stronger than they were before. Although it would seem we are born with an innate will to be the happiest, best version of ourselves, many are predisposed to depression, which lessens this resilience and makes recovering from difficult circumstances more challenging. The following recounts a woman’s lifelong struggle:
Sad and exhausted, on a night in 2016, a woman sat alone; she hoped that one day she would find that strength within. She lacked that seemingly innate ability to cope with the constant, confused struggle within her mind. She tried to be a better version of herself, that person who was so full of life, instead of hating everything she had become. But time was the enemy.
Every day it became harder to find the will to try, the energy to pick up the fragmented pieces of her mind and the sad thoughts that covered her like a thick blanket, suffocating the joy from existence. So she counted down the days, waiting- and all the while grasping for the strength to pull her through.
Sad and exhausted, on a night in 2042, a woman sits alone; she wonders what could have been if she had found that strength within herself. She lacks that seemingly innate ability to cope with the constant, confused struggle within her mind. If only she could have been a better version of herself, that person who was so full of life, instead of hating everything she had become. Time had been the enemy.
When someone is battling depression, often the only ammunition against time is the support of those around them. Even though it is a difficult illness to understand, the simple act of being there for them can mean the difference between a bleak existence and a life filled with hope and renewed strength.