We live in a world where everyone wears a mask, not just any mask but a smiling, laughing, cheerful mask that says: hey! Am doing great and everything is ok with me. When you look down inside beyond the mask, sometimes there lies a pile of problems yearning for solutions and slowly dragging the masked person into depression.
The advent of social media did not help matters at all, from the videos to the photos and the numerous platforms that support them, everyone seems to be happy and enjoying except you. All of these platforms and their content put together creates a very colossal happy mirage, except you are left out.
Somehow you develop the courage to speak to family or friends and it seems they either do not understand your problem, do not care or they are glad you are struggling with them. Some even go as far as making fun of it, then you begin to feel as though you are a weakling and a failure, consequently pulling yourself closer and closer to depression. You ask “why am I the only one?” and “why me in the first place?”.
The entire world revolves around problems and without problems the world would be a stagnant, boring and inept place to be. Problems drive everything we do and gives reasons and meanings to just about everything. Problems created countries, economies, jobs inventions, industries etc. Before you there was problems and after you, there would still be problems, it’s a human thing and has no peculiarity with you or anybody else.
Therefore it is perfectly ok to be burdened with something or struggling through anything. Everyone you know has their own fair share of problems and may have gone through one difficult phase or the other in their life. Whatever you are facing today, a lot of persons has gone through it and came out even better and a lot more will still fight it later.
Everyone is only covering their situations with a bright smile (mask) and living for the moment. Do not get soaked up on the happiness of social media either, no one posts their bad moments there, but they all have it. Behind that smiling picture and dancing/cheerful video is a bunch of problems waiting to be returned to.
Reach out to trusted people who can really help you and make a change for you. Do not bottle it all up, speak up, speak out, ‘sorosoke’ so the people who can help will come to your aid. Forget the negative comments that comes, concentrate on the positive ones, even the people giving the negative comments are struggling too. Don’t hide it until it drags you into depression and insanity, it’s ok to not be ok and it’s perfectly fine to speak up and seek help. Do it and you will even inspire others.