Illness. Injury. Tragic accident. We all tell ourselves “I’ll be alright. It won’t happen to me.”
But the stats don’t always seem to back that up.
- Globally more than 350million people of all ages suffer from depression.
- 1 in 10 people will suffer from a mental health illness at some point in their lives.
- More than 20million people in the United States suffer from depression at any given time.
- As many as 15% of those who suffer from some form of depression take their lives each year.
- 90% of people who die through suicide in the UK are experiencing mental distress.
- Severe anxiety affects roughly 20% of people over the course of their lifetime.
I’m not saying that we shouldn’t think “I’ll be alright.” It is at the end of the day one of the few ways to deal with it. If we only saw the negativity in this world we’d be afraid to leave the house.
After all, how can we live a happy life if we are consumed by fear? I know from experience that it is impossible.
We shouldn’t con ourselves into believing a fictitious lie. That somehow we will be saved from suffering.
We all have bad days, sometimes they last for weeks, months or maybe even years. We all suffer from times of insecurity, times of grief and times of illness. It’s important to remember that.
But it’s our response to obstacles and challenges that define us. So we need to prepare ourselves for the dark times ahead, because they are coming.
Sorry if this post seems quite dark. That wasn’t my intention. I had hoped to convey more of a message that it’s important to use our experiences to prepare ourselves for what lies ahead. I hope that this can serve as a reminder that life isn’t always plain sailing.