“What does hopeless feel like?” I asked this question to a number of people. Their responses are fitting and even beautiful, in a heavy-hearted sort of way. Hear the words of six different people:
Reader #1: “All I knew was darkness, and I didn’t really care what was going on around me. I didn’t want to talk to anyone, and I definitely didn’t want them telling me that they understood.”
Reader #2: “Hopeless feels like sinking; like you’re all alone and being crushed at the same time.”
Reader #3: “Hopeless is the loneliest, most remote place. It is when you are convinced that no one can understand. For me, it is fatigue. ‘Let me sleep so I don’t have to think.'”
Reader #4: “Hopeless is the fear and anxiety that ‘I can’t fix it. I can’t help myself or others.'”
Reader #5: “Hopeless feels like everything in your life is caving in at once. You don’t know where to begin, and you feel like it’s not worth the fight. Somehow you don’t feel, though – you are just numb.”
Reader #6: And from another…the simple truth, “Hopeless feels like S*#T.
Click here to read Part Two – What these same people say about the rebirth of hope.