How many walking around us are hurting? Choking back the tears hoping that they do not leak out of the corner of our eyes. How many are hurting? Are you?
We all go through struggles, some worse than others and when it hits, it feels as though we won’t survive. We feel numb while only able to function by putting one foot in front of the other. It takes much effort and energy that seems depleted.
It happens. It’s hard as hell but you keep going. You must. Thankfully, your heart beats and lungs inhale and exhale and do their job all on their own.
When things are going well and manageable, it’s all great and feels like life is somewhat normal. The feeling of, I’ve got this. It is when something within gets triggered, out of nowhere and unexpected and it is when you know you are losing control but trying your best to keep it together. This one day, just that, for me.
I was at my doctor’s appointment, and I knew I would be asked questions related to a specific matter, not medical. I knew the questions were coming and was trying to maintain my composure but I felt the depression of it all hitting me from all sides. When I try to fight off this emotional battle within, I tend to get stern and controlled. I’m not. When I am like this, I wish somebody knew me well enough and would just grab me and hold me so I can go ahead and get through it.
Earlier, before this appointment I was doing so well, I had a great morning and now my emotions were wreaking havoc. Ever have that happen? Emotions are real.
Trying to get a grip after I left my appointment, I did go grab a few groceries before my next appointment. I tried adjusting my mask to appear happy and to hide the desire to bust out crying like a baby. Please tell me I am not the only one that wears a happy mask at times. Really, I think we all do in certain circumstances. My former counselor and I discussed this mask wearing with me but odds are even she wears one. What’s your thoughts?
As I stood still waiting in line to check out, I saw a lady in her electric wheelchair sitting by the window looking back at me. I wondered if she could see the hurt in my eyes, the emotions about to burst like Niagara Falls. I had to wonder if she was quietly praying for me as I try to do when I see others unhappy, as such. Lord knows, I needed her prayers right then. I gave her a slight smile as I left because it was her that kept my mind occupied while fighting back having an emotional breakdown right there in front of the cashier.
A good cry, sometimes or even a scream within, asking the Lord to get through a period as such, definitely helps. The tears fell when I got in my car and shut the door hiding behind my dark tinted windows. No longer could to contain the heartache. Feeling numb as the pain was so great. I was fine and then I am a basket case.
Fighting thoughts that come when in this state and rejecting every negative one with the Word of God and positive comebacks, it is like a battle. Because it is! God is for us and Satan would like nothing more to keep us sad, depressed, sick, isolated and you name it. Kill, Steal and Destroy. That’s the game plan.
Knowing myself and the hour or so of this heartache, pain and battle, I would overcome but many do not. If it lasts longer, depression sets in. Been there. Thankfully, I did not stay in this long but enough to scare me. Once this battle was over, within the next hour, I remember thinking and smiling that my former counselor would be so proud of me, as I did not get stuck in this turmoil. I did learn from her counseling.
Whether people want to admit, depression exists and so do suicidal thoughts. Don’t be in denial. We do not know what the person next to us in line at the grocery store, passing on the street or even sitting next to in church of what they are going through. Offer a kind word, a smile if nothing else. It may be the only thing they have to hold onto and give hope. Many are holding back the tears and drowning inside. Many wear a mask, even those you think have it all together.
I know I was lost in my own garbage for that period that day and when it comes to our own, we become stuck feeling we are the only ones to ever go through these periods but not true. While feeling selfish of those thoughts and actions afterward, it’s normal. We all go through stuff. We all have emotions. Life happens.
So if you are going through some rough patches, know you are going through. You will not stay there although it may feel like it. Learn to take care of you during these times. Get some extra rest. Go outside and walk or just sit and enjoy nature.
Years ago, I would have blown you off, not believing any of these comments or wanting to do any of that but today, I do. I am taking care of me. Now, take care of you.
There is an old song we sing at church and it goes like this, ‘If you take one step, He will take two.’ He will. Faith believing everything will be and will work out. Tomorrow is another day. Hang in there.