When You Feel Like Giving Up

Those of you who still listen to the radio and/or contemporary music, you may have noticed a new song that turned the heads of a quite a few listeners, both in the studio and out. As it grows more and more popular, it’s hard not to truly listen to the lyrics and hear what it’s about. In saying that, when I first heard it, I was surprised. By the title alone it’s obviously talking about mental illness, which is something not often addressed in that art form. It’s so different. Daring, almost. However, as it’s slowly being played more on the radio, I’m finding it’s just as strong as when I heard it that very first time.

Take a listen:

Every time I hear this song, it hits home. It’s refreshing, almost, to hear that there are other people out there who are experiencing the same struggles that we do. To know that we’re not alone. That we’re not the only ones who feel like we can’t seem to get back up. Nevertheless, it’s so easy to feel that way.

Often times we find ourselves wanting to just give up, yet when we come across someone else going through something similar, or even worse, we seem perfectly capable of finding the words to encourage them that we couldn’t seem to find for ourselves. We never want anyone to feel the way we do, we’d much rather take the burden of their pain and some to ensure no one ever feels the way we do. That’s why we put on our brave faces and tell them it’s going to be okay. That’s why we’re so good at giving advice and encouragement, even if we don’t believe it to be true for our own personal lives.

I just want to remind everyone out there to keep fighting.

Sometimes we get so wrapped up in life and keeping busy, we don’t feel like we’re really living anymore. We feel like we’re going through the motions; we get lost and lose our personalities in the rhythm of things and then ask ourselves … am I even happy? Is all this trouble truly even worth it? And then, if we’re honest with ourselves, we find it may not be anymore.  It has defeated us. At least it feels that way.

We all go through things in our lives that seem insignificant in retrospect, but that doesn’t mean it’s not important. If it matters to you, it matters. Simple as that. Life is hard and difficult. We’re constantly battling ourselves, as well as the rest of the world’s perception of us. It makes us feel small, like we’re in a dark hole we can’t seem to climb out of. Nevertheless, I promise things will get better.

We all see the cliches:
It’s darkest before dawn.
It’s gonna get worse before it gets better.
There’s a light at the end of the tunnel.

What we don’t realize, though, is how true they actually are. It may be rough and seem impossible, but we have to keep pushing through.

One of my favorite quotes is “Anyone can give up, it’s the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that’s true strength.” To me, it provides a sense of comfort and encouragement.

Never forget, despite all the pain, despite wanting to end it all, despite wanting to give up, despite feeling helpless and alone and like the entire world is against you, you don’t have to die today. You are not alone. You are going to make it.

Keep pushing. Keep fighting.

The day will come where you finally feel alive again.

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If you are considering or planning to end your life, please call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. The Lifeline is a free service, and a trained professional is available to talk to you 24/7. You can also contact one of your local therapist, psychologists, or psychiatrists for help. Reach out, you are not alone. And you are loved more than you will ever realize.

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Amanda

Intrigued by creative processes since a young age, she constantly experiments with various styles of expression. Currently in her twenties, she works in the marketing field with a passion for fighting against social blindness.

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