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Fractured Skies

A Postcard from the Edge of Sanity

By Như Âu DươngPublished about a month ago 3 min read
Fractured Skies
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Dear Friend,

I hope this postcard finds you well, though I must admit that my own state of being is far from serene. As I sit here, pen in hand, I grapple with the weight of emotions that threaten to engulf me. The sun casts long shadows across the room, and I wonder if they mirror the darkness within.

Mental breakdowns, those elusive specters of the mind, have a way of creeping up on us when we least expect them. They are not announced with fanfare or grand proclamations; instead, they tiptoe into our consciousness like uninvited guests. Perhaps you’ve felt their presence too—the tightening of your chest, the tremor in your hands, the whispers of despair that cling to your thoughts.

I find myself on the precipice of such a breakdown. It’s as if the threads that hold me together are fraying, unraveling one by one. Life’s demands have become a cacophony, drowning out reason and leaving me adrift. The mundane tasks—the bills to pay, the deadlines to meet—loom large, mocking my feeble attempts at composure.

“I’m losing control.” The words echo in my mind, a desperate plea for stability. But control slips through my fingers like sand, and I grasp at memories of simpler days when the world made sense. Now, it’s a puzzle with missing pieces, and I’m left staring at the gaps, wondering how to fill them.

“Everything is going wrong, and I don’t know what to do.” The weight of responsibility bears down on me, threatening to crush my resolve. Each decision feels monumental, and yet I hesitate, paralyzed by fear of making the wrong choice. The walls close in, and I yearn for an escape hatch—a trapdoor to oblivion.

“I’m mentally, physically, and emotionally overwhelmed.” Yes, overwhelmed. The fatigue settles deep in my bones, and I wonder if exhaustion has become my constant companion. My mind races, chasing its own tail, while my body rebels against the strain. I long for respite, a quiet corner where I can catch my breath.

“I’m stuck and cannot function.” How many times have I stared at the screen, fingers poised over the keyboard, only to retreat? The cursor blinks mockingly, a reminder of my inadequacy. The to-do list stretches into infinity, and I shuffle its items like a deck of cards, hoping for a winning hand.

“It’s not going to be all right.” The optimism that once fueled my days has dimmed. The horizon seems perpetually shrouded in mist, and hope flutters like a wounded bird. I cling to fragments of encouragement—words from friends, a fleeting smile—but they slip through my grasp like sand.

“I can’t do this. I give up.” The surrender is both liberating and terrifying. To admit defeat feels like betrayal—to myself, to those who believe in me. But perhaps there’s strength in vulnerability, a quiet rebellion against the relentless march of expectations.

“I just want it to end.” The thought whispers insidiously, like a serpent coiled in the recesses of my mind. But I resist its pull, for there are still sunsets to witness, songs to hum, and laughter to share. The darkness need not claim me entirely.

And so, dear friend, I send you this postcard from the edge. It bears no picturesque landscapes or tourist attractions, only the raw contours of a soul in turmoil. If you find yourself teetering on that precipice too, know that you’re not alone. Reach out—to a friend, a professional, or even a stranger on the other side of a postcard. We’re all travelers on this winding road, stumbling and rising, breaking and healing.

With fragile hope,

[Your friend in mind]

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