Depression is a sweet fantasy that ensnares us in a false reality of despair, feeling comfortable surrounded by your inner demons and falling into a black hole where escaping feels inevitable. Apparently for sometime, I actually went through it. How ironic is the fact that you’re interviewing people about their different perceptions on a particular topic meanwhile you’re too stubborn to admit you’re suffering from the same thing. Personal experience is apparently an amazing teacher as it opens your eyes to a whole different point of view you probably wouldn’t have understood when listening to another person talk about what they went through. I would have loved to write a poem capturing the essence of depression but the truth is that depression actually holds no essence but is only a sweet lie created by the devil to pull human beings into a supposedly inescapable black hole of inner pain and suffering. Well I’m a survivor of this intense emotion. I survived it and I’m even prouder to say I survived the suicidal thoughts that came with the package. In this area, revealing my identity isn’t easy for me because although I have closure with this subject, it’s a whole other ball game revealing to the world that you faced depression because you have no idea what the thoughts of others would be. I don’t mind being judged as everyone is entitled to their own opinion.
So apparently we all decide to live in a false reality at times believing that we are depressed. I decided to do so I decided to do some research on the percentage of people that go through depression, what led to the emotion, their perception on it and how they decide to overcome it. Most people I interviewed shared their personal views and then I realized most don’t even know why they feel the way they do, inner sadness you could call it while some others feel that way based on the fact they have absolutely no control over the situations that occur in their life. It’s quite sad realizing that most of our teenagers (the leaders of tomorrow) are extremely depressed. In the process of my case study, I found out that minority of people I interviewed had actually never gone through depression and I was fascinated. Each and every single one of them that said they’ve never faced the terrible illness seem to have one thing in common. They have never looked at the things they don’t have but rather choose to be appreciative of the things they do have even if it isn’t that much. Don’t get wrong, they didn’t deny that they’ve never gotten unhappy before. They said they have experienced sadness (because obviously their human) but they never dwelt on the sadness. They ponder over what made them sad and get over it eventually if it isn’t easy, they look forward to the better things ahead. That was a miraculous life lesson to me. So this is what I realized;
So many times we tend to over analyze situations. We over analyze every situation we find ourselves in and forget to be grateful for the little things. There are so many ways God has blessed us and we don’t even realize it. I went out recently and saw a crippled man on the road and then I looked at myself with my full legs and arms, not missing any body part and all my body senses work perfect (although I don’t have a sense of smell lol let’s forget that) but the conclusion is that I realized how ungrateful I was being to God by having negative thoughts and not valuing the other things he has done for me no matter how small it may be. Depression is a plan of the devil to sink human race into the pit of hell by later adding suicidal thoughts to the equation but then I feel and I know that it is time that we as teenagers, the future leaders of tomorrow begin to break strong holds of the enemy and begin to seize control of our minds and confess that depression has no place in our lives. Once we begin to realize the power God has bestowed upon us as individuals that we are able to thread on snakes and scorpions and go into battle where thousands shall fall at our right side and ten thousand at our left side but none shall come close to us as such is the will of God. You carry power as a child of God and it’s time for you to tap into that hidden power by growing your relationship with him. Hold him more. You might feel I’m boring you by talking about this and bringing the word of God into my article but the truth is that each word I type on this article is by the divine work of God and you wouldn’t be here reading this if God didn’t have a plan for you. If he didn’t want you to see this, you would have never stumbled on this article. This is an encouragement to you all out there suffering from depression. God loves you and He’s here every step of the way. He yearns for your presence and for you to confide in him because there’s no love greater than that of the love of God. Depression is such a small thing for him to tackle if only you surrender it to him. God loves you, I do not think there’s anyway I can describe this love to you because it’s just so magnificent you have to ask for a personal experience and trust me when I say He will answer you. He is always ready to listen.
I pray this was an encouragement to every depressed soul out there to know that you are not alone. You are never alone and you will never go into the battle ground alone because chariots are at bay waiting for your command to attack on your behalf. God bless you.
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