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Growing Pains

Back in the day,

We used to play outside till dawn

Now, we're just another government pawn

Back in the day,

We used to live, laugh & grow

Now, we are forced to work our asses off bro

What is this shit? (mind my language)

Death is a trap to try and get us to submit?

As kids, we couldn't wait to be adults

Now, I reflect and I am like that was truly nuts!

The days when we could cry and be comforted

Childhood turned to adulthood and those days plummeted

Now, we're struggling to make ends meet, Who would have thought, childhood was only a treat

But it's life,

So put away that knife

It is what it is -

God is good, all is his

Better days are ahead

So, go and continue to chase that bread!

#Life #resilience #NeverGiveUp #Suicide #SuicideAwareness #Selfharm #selfharmawareness #strength #courage #bravery #Independence #freedom #freedomwriters #useyourwords #expression #expressyourself #creativity #Deep #deepthinkers #bold #Spirituality #Meditation #Spiritual #calm #Zen #gowiththeflow #liveinthepresent #loa #TheSecret #manifest #manifestation #Positivity #PositiveVibes #GoodVibes #vibes #Energy #YouCanDoIt #Believe #Hope #Care #Empathy #compassion

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Have you ever?

Have your ever felt like no one understands you?

Like you are alive but yet you feel like you are also dead

Have you ever tried to reach out or talk

But then, you are like 'nah, they won't get it'

Have you ever felt so anxious,

you masked it with ridiculously lame and 'weird' humour or sarcasm?

Just to make it look like you are super chill but you are really just nervous

Have you ever wanted to win a stranger's heart

By giving them random compliments or by trying to make them smile or laugh

Secretly thinking to yourself that this is exactly how you feel everyone should be and treat each other

Have you ever been so naive to ignore the bad in someone and focus solely on the positives and look at the good in everyone?

Have you ever been so foolish that you've tried to help and support or cheer up someone that has repeatedly hurt you and you know does not care about you and probably would not do the same in return? Yet, you do it anyways?

Have you ever just stared into space, zoned out and smile...

Imagining your perfect little dream world

Imagining Utopia

Have you ever been so naturally 'high' that people have assumed you drank or did drugs?

Have you ever felt happy inside but on the outside felt scared to express or show it because of well, so-called evil eye

Have you ever not believed in superstitions yet still been anxious and overthink your interactions due to them

Have you ever just been happy for no reason at all like a child

Have you ever... just spontaneously wrote a post like this without even thinking?

Impulsivity can be fun but it can be exhausting...

Humour can be fun but be tiring...

Good things come and go; it is okay to feel not okay and for bad times to also come, they also go.

Don't stop being you due to the bad moments or days

KEEP SMILING :) :) Your energy is contagious and is needed to make the world go round - YING YANG - hippie style

#modernhippie #hippiestyle #yingyang #loa #TheSecret #Energy #vibe #GoodVibes #smile #keepsmiling #haveyouever #justdoit #taketheinitiative #takerisks #risk #Risks #Impulsivity #spontaneous #bebold #bold #Brave #courage #strength #Independence #freedom #freedomwriters #resilience #Empathy #compassion #humanity #happyness #pursuitofhappyness #justlisten #listen #justobserve

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Not sure ho to deal with my mean cousin saying how out of shape I am and look at her she could run circles around me and she’s ten years older then me

She was very overweight even 2-3 years ago so to make fun of my weight talking about how in shape she is is cruel and hurtful who can offer me support and love and advice? She really hurt my feelings I didn’t ask for a pandemic to make me gain weight nor did I ask for being out of shape it’s a very personal thing I have challenges she does not have such as pcos fibromyalgia and scoliosis and siatica. So to make me feel bad for my pulling my back out yesterday from having to lift a heavy Amazon box by myself I don’t have a boyfriend or husband to help me. What can I do to help myself? #PolycysticOvarySyndrome #Fibromyaliga #FibromyalgiaDiagnosis #Fibromyalgia #PinchedNerve #Bipolar2Disorder #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #BorderlineStigma #PTSD #CPTSD #CPTSDinrelationships #MyalgicEncephalomyelitis #pcosfighter #Aspergers #AspergersSyndrome #Anxiety #ADHD #Exercise #Yoga #BingeEatingDisorder #Art #Depression #Photography #ArtTherapy #Sports #frisbee #Walking #Love #Hugs #Faith #god #CatholicChurch #Church #Support #SupportGroups #Music #Chatting #Chatspace #Disability #Spoonie #FlareUps #flare #BipolarDisorder #BipolarDepression #MightyFeatures #MightyBookClub #MightyQuestions #TheMightyTakeaway #MyMightyMonth #TheMighty #52SmallThings #52smalltasks #CheckInWithMe #Upallnight #Selflove #Disabled #TheSecret #TheBible #goodthoughtsyourway #Positivity #sad #lonely #ObsessiveCompulsiveDisorder #oa #HashimotosEncephalitis #MyalgicEncephalomyelitis #goals #Hope #DBT #Dbtskills

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Rob Harber

Depression: Positive Things I've Gained

Now, don’t get me wrong. Depression is a hole — a deep, dark place of isolation, loneliness and confusion (amongst countless other negative things). But does this mean nothing good can come from having depression? I like to think of myself as an optimist, which can sound like quite a contrast coming from somebody with severe depression and anxiety. But in fact, it was the depression that took me from being a pessimist (masquerading as a realist) to someone who wants to see the good in everything. My first therapist taught me not to wish for the depression to go away, but to ask for symptoms and situations that can lead to happiness. It is hard to wish for everything to return to “normal” or to wish all the bad away. I’d suggest trying instead to wish more of the good back into your life. 1. Positivity It took my depression to make me realize just how negative I had become. I was so horrible about myself, critical of colleagues, judgmental of friends and their decisions, argumentative for the sake of arguing. I started to think maybe I was only “happy” when I was miserable. Then, when I was diagnosed with depression, started medication and started therapy, I had the realization of how I sounded and how much that pessimism was having an effect on me. Something clicked in therapy, and I felt my thought processes changing. I wanted more positivity, more happy, more loveliness and, most importantly, to show and feel these optimistic feelings. If this is something you cannot understand, I recommend reading “The Secret.” It is a great start. 2. Friends and family I’ve found it is a very true saying that “you know who your friends are” when you are diagnosed with depression, and this saying resonates with me even more after dealing with it for over seven years. I have no animosity towards those who haven’t wanted to help, put up with me or even listen to what I have to say when I am in a hole; these people to me are simply those who don’t understand, and that’s fine. But to those who do understand, learn about the illness, show patience, empathy and unwavering support — thank you. Depression has made so many of my relationships stronger and deeper. Acquaintances are now lifelong friends, and certain family members and loved ones are now lifelines. 3. Community We are all on this site, The Mighty, not just because of the stories, but because mental illness is such a vast community, ranging from baristas to barristers. When you start to open up about your illness (and I wish more people would) you can realize just how vast that community is and how many wonderful people there are in the world. Community, therefore, has become a big part of my life, my job, my world — to bring those with mental illness and those without together. 4. Treatments and medications Over these seven years, I have tried counseling, hypnotherapy, mindfulness, yoga, running, cognitive analytical therapy (CAT), writing, meditation and nine types of prescription medications. These are all things that, no matter how well they worked, helped me to become who I am today. I know so much about myself now because of this whole process, and although I wouldn’t wish my symptoms on anyone, I don’t regret trying any of these. It took each of these treatments to educate me and for me to realize everyone has a different route for a different battle! 5. What it is like to feel happy I no longer take happiness for granted. I am certainly a million miles away from the guy who was a secret pessimist at heart. Sometimes, it can take hitting rock bottom to realize how fragile mental health can be. I enjoy every “happy day” I get and acknowledge it (even if just to myself). If I had not had depression, I may not have had this feeling. I do not think I would appreciate it as much, and I definitely would not understand it as much — and that understanding makes me happier and hopefully others happier, too. Depression, we know, can be rubbish, but I say think of what you have learned from it, the love you feel from others, and focus on those good days. Image via Thinkstock. We want to hear your story. Become a Mighty contributor here .