Story #35: Dealing With Difficulties (The Anonymous Anecdotes Project)

We all deal with difficulties, some are easy to cope up with, while a few take time. Well, that’s a fact, but sometimes they are vague enough to leave you at unease.

So two years back, I met an upside down where I reached the lowest point of my life that led me to lock myself with particular unwell feelings. I felt vulnerable. I was losing colours, with each passing minute, I was succumbing to the sense of being helpless, a state where hope creeps out. I was in oblivion.

So one afternoon, I picked up a sharpener’s blade and tried it running over my wrist. Because I was too anxious at the same time, I shook and failed to make any attempt. I buried my head in my knees and waited for things to get stable, crouched in the darkened corner of a room. I squeezed my eyes shut and heard my heartbeat that grew louder and louder. I stayed still, till the panic attack slowed down.  

Maybe I wanted to feel different or free but I totally ignored how much it appraised. That was a tough month for me and I realised something was needed to be done. I required change. This was the best possible bet with a chance of finding back my lost hope.

I took better and harder initiatives so as to channelize my self. I started to craft myself in the new hobby. I left home and travelled so that I could be free from closed dark room. I met the wise ones and learnt a lot about life. I studied harder so as to get in a good college.

Meanwhile, I felt balanced.

Well, events like these make you realise about yourself and the need for transition. You have to take initiatives for yourself. Life does have happy places only if you really look for them. 

There is always someone who cares for you, you are not alone. 

When life brings you down, you have few options to choose from. You either fall, hard; or you realize that if you don’t get back up on your feet now, you might never. This realization, that change is what you need comes to all, but moves only some, I believe. 

Despite experiencing an upside down, despite reaching the lowest point, despite attempting to self harm, this person realized that something needed to be done; that there were better things out there. 

Getting yourself up from a low point, trying to channelize negativity into a hobby are things not everyone is capable of. People who experience low points are too afraid to get back up. They cling onto their weaknesses. But this story tells you otherwise; it tells you that happiness is a luxury you need to pay for with your strength. Have the strength to get up when you fall, because, as the writer has said, life does have happy places only if you really look for them. 


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(The Anonymous Anecdotes is a project under which anyone can send me a memory, a story or an experience from their life that had a profound impact on them. It requires people to write their respective experience along with the way it changed them or their perception of life. According to the project, these stories are being published anonymously, with the intent of spreading a positive message and a hope that anyone who reads, relates or learns.)


If Someday…


If someday you have an hour or two to spare, keep aside all the work for a while and take a stroll outside. Rid yourself off of all your worries, and walk on with a clear mind.

Its an astonishing realization when you actually ‘look’ at the world around you. Its damaged, broken and imperfect in oh so many ways, but it’s beautiful and its where we belong.

Just look at all the people. Observe. Whatever they might be doing- walking, running, talking. Each one of them has a unique story- a different past, a different set of mind, the things they love and all the places the want to go. They have all been hurt in so many ways, perhaps just like you might have been; but still, they could possibly have a distinct memory that still makes them laugh. You never know what kind of a story that woman sitting beside you in the bus has, or what the restless boy is going through.

‘Life is a different challenge for each one of us.’ This a page from my Psychology textbook.

A smile will find its way to your lips when you look around- because you’ve always been too consumed in your own forebodings. Look up from that screen, the world has a lot more to show us; things that we often see, but don’t actually look. We’re just too fast with our judgement, that we forget to see things from a different point of view.

I do so every now and then when I get out of my house. Wherever I might be, there’s people everywhere and its so wonderful observing their nature and actions.

At the end of the day, it teaches us that we’re all so different yet we’re all one and the same.