Depression is like a thunderstorm that strikes at the heart of your body and soul. It ravages your personality, massacres your behaviour and twists your thought patterns. Many who have survived the storm of depression would guarantee one thing. Once the storm is over, you are not the same person you used to be. The mark is imprinted on your mind, soul and heart forever.
Your life changes forever.
Though that sounds so pessimistic and chaotic, these words dancing melancholically across the page. These changes are not all dark and scary, some brighten up your life in ways you may have never thought of. There are always silver linings that can decorate your injured soul and replenish what you lost.
1. You feel everything deeply.
This might be seen as a disadvantage, emotions have always been seen as irrational and a burden to many. A flaw that affects relationships and careers alike. Just as you feel anger and guilt deeply, you would also begin to feel deeper happiness. Even the sight of a flower blooming or the sunrise could inflict a sense of tranquillity upon you.
A survivor of depression is never satisfied with superficiality.
They dig deeper to get a better knowledge of their inner self as well as the world around them. This brings growth.
2. You have an enormous amount of empathy.
This one factor is enough for me to justify the struggle I go through in depression. When the storm ends, you are left with a vast amount of empathy for the struggle of others, a quality that seems rare among humans these days.
You can feel your heart break at the sight of suffering, be it the suffering of loved ones or of any living soul. Since you have felt pain, you know what is like to be the person who is struggling.
A survivor of depression can empathize with any person and help reduce their pain. In turn, you achieve an inner peace that can replenish our soul.
Empathy should not be confused with sympathy tough.
sympathy is feeling compassion, sorrow, or pity for the hardships that another person encounters, while empathy is putting yourself in the shoes of another.
3. A chance to rebuild your life.
Every storm leaves a whole lot of destruction in its wake.
Depression is no different.
Surviving the storm is the most difficult part of all. It might last for weeks, months and maybe, even years. It requires patience, love, empathy and kindness to survive.
So, if you are going through depression right now, be patient.
Go easy on yourself.
Outside the bubble of struggling and endless darkness you’re stuck in, there is hope.
There is always hope.