Life presents variables; learning how to cope in order to master, minimize, or tolerate what has come to pass.
My Life Skirmish
Tonight is one of those nights, one where I don’t even know where to begin. A night where the pathways and cobwebs of my mind are all a buzz with thought, yet blank when I try to grasp at them.
How I Saved My Life 5 Minutes At A Time.
When I was a young man, I was a fool. It wasn't my fault, I just didn't know enough but I should have known better. My father tried to tell me. My mother tried to warn me. "How could they possibly know what I was feeling? How could they understand my life?" Those are the questions and doubts many young adults carry within them as they step onto their path. I was already so sure my decisions were infallible.
The beginning. Maybe some do believe in this and maybe some do not. Maybe the viewpoint governing this is due to many things, religion, our strength of emotions simply just trying to help us cope, an ingrained idea that 'if you cannot see it, then that is it (plain and simple), or that it is just merely a fabrication within our own minds, this is my account of what I went through - just what I envisaged as a 10-year-old boy after losing my father to suicide 4 months earlier - a terrifying loss due to suicide in mid-1980.
Second Star to the Right
There’s a famous story that starts, “All children grow up, except one.” And just once more, I wish that weren’t true. I wish that Wendy Darling had chosen to stay, had cast aside expectations and the bitter days of growing up and stayed in youth and paradise forever, like I wish I could.
I Was Invited on Dr. Phil
When I was in college, I wrote in to Dr. Phil. Without getting into too much detail, my dad was a gambling addict with an anger problem, and I wanted help for one of my younger sisters, who was affected the worst by our toxic family dynamic and was having serious behavioral issues.
When Covid-19 struck the world with earth-shattering effects, the only way of getting through such a destructive virus, was to declare a Pandemic and enforce lockdown status within every country across the globe.
You may not be depressed, just drained.
Environment. It’s something that’s often overlooked when discussing happiness, success, the future, etc. But it’s one of the most important factors in someone’s life. A persons environment can be the difference between them becoming everything that they have on their vision board or something out of a horror movie! Yet when brought up, it’s often looked at as an excuse.
Borderline Personality Disorder: How to Cope
My brain is my worst enemy. I’m constantly overthinking every scenario, constantly questioning myself and those around me. Do they like me? Or are they pretending to like me? Every time I send a text, did I say the right thing? Down to every sentence, I examine until my heart feels like it might explode out of my chest.
Time To Let Go
I can comfortably write about this topic now after so many years have passed me by. It was the summer of 1980 when this happened and it is now 2021 (41 years have gone by) I really did not believe that I have not been able to open up earlier than this, or maybe it was that I have just not been mentally equipped until this moment in time actually arrived to deeply think about. It was so very long ago. I am 51 now, and after working within the field of mental health nursing and having to leave this career after 30+ years after contracting Covid-19 in 2020, and recognizing how lucky I had been to recover after requiring hospital care & Oxygen therapy - being able to safely come home alive to my loving wife has suddenly switch on a 'light' within my heart.
Everything Hurts and I’m Mad
Part of the human experience is pain. We come into this world by a woman going through one of the most painful, yet beautiful experiences that life has to offer.
Hello. My name is Brittany and I am currently 22 years old. I want to talk about the reason why I started sharing my work on Vocal. For several years I have battled anxiety and depression. Which is worse, I am not sure. Sometimes they work together, and other times it’s as though they’re working separately. Every single day is a struggle. Some days are worse than others, and some days are relatively good days. Most days are normal. Normal for me is something I wish nobody would ever have to experience especially daily. Everything I write is inspired by my own personal experiences. I want to share these in the hopes that maybe they will reach someone who desperately needs to know that they are not alone.
A Letter to Myself
Dear Grace, The end of you and *Charles was a long time coming, and you very much knew that. But try not to beat yourself up too hard, most people take several attempts before ending a toxic relationship for good. Be proud of yourself for finally having the courage to do it and stick with your decision firmly. The truth is, you went through what most people could probably not handle in 2020. Your relationship with *Sam ended in a fiery mess, causing him to more or less kick you out, causing you to live your life constantly on edge without thinking much. It was very understandable that you were lonely! You just wanted someone to be by your side while you were going through literal hell.