For every obstacle you’ve ever faced, you’re still here.


This is it. The end of the road so to speak. There’s no way out. You’re doomed forever.

Do the sentences above sound familiar?

We all feel that way at some point in our lives at least once and usually, more than once. As someone with clinical depression, I’ve had feelings of hopelessness on more occasions than I can count.

Recently, I had a session with my counselor. I was narrating to him some of my biggest failures and how memories of those failures bring about a lot of self-doubt.

He told to me to try to reflect on two points whenever that happens. I’m sharing those two points here:

  1. First, it’s never the end till death. If you woke up today, you still have a chance of turning things around. If you’re breathing, you still have a chance. Because if you’re alive, that means you survived no matter how many devastations you went through. The one thing constant about every major dilemma is your survival.
  2. Secondly, if you feel start to feel hopeless about something, go back to the last time you felt that way. Think about your last memory during which you felt it was the end of the world. How along ago was it? A month? Six months? A year or more? Now come back to the present. Now think about the first point again. You’re still here. And if you made it through the period you just reminisced about, you can make it now too.

Now of course, you could always argue that your current situation is a lot worse than your previous obstacles. But then that’s how the last setback felt as well, right? And no matter how bad it is, it could be even worse. But it’s not.

There are times in life when everyone breaks down. That’s perfectly normal. There are times when everyone feels trapped. But there’s always a way out. If not tangibly then at least psychologically.

What do you personally do when you feel trapped? So you specific methods? Do you think the steps described in this article could help? Why or why not? Share your thoughts and experiences by commenting below on our secure servers.

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Hi, I'm Neel! I'm a writer (fiction and poetry), a journalist and currently working in the advertising business. I'm also a mental health advocate, having been diagnosed with clinical depression a few years ago.
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