Who can deny the joy it brings
When you found that special thing
You’re flying without wings
~ Flying Without Wings by Westlife
In life, everyone seeks that “special thing”. We go to great lengths to achieve it, and the joy when you’ve found what you were seeking makes it worth the struggle – it makes you free, it makes you “fly without wings”.
When you are actually passionate about something in life, you give your cent percent to achieve it. You become restless, you struggle every second of your living day to get what you desire, hoping that one day you’ll get what you want. And, that’s when you turn your “want” into your “need”.
But what if you’re going in the wrong direction? What if you’re trying to find something meaningful in a place that has no hint of happiness to offer?
Well, I’m being pessimistic here but sometimes you know it is meaningless, you know nothing will come out of it, but still you strive, still you give your cent percent, still you put all your hope into it, being optimistic that the universe will be at your side. You’re hoping for the best. But at the end when you’re deprived of your “need” (which you already knew given your circumstances), life becomes a burden. The journey of life itself becomes futile. Depressed, you begin to think and overthink life’s true meaning and purpose, spiraling into a void that many people call an “existential crisis” making you not want to live anymore.
This may sound extreme but its not uncommon. A depressed person may seem fine – laughing, enjoying, living in the moment, wearing a smile on their face when something is killing them from within. If you’re going through something like this, do not hold back. You need to speak out. Reach out to your close friends, relatives, someone you can lean on. The earlier this state is addressed and taken care of, the better it is for those affected.
Existential crisis is not a joke and should not be taken as one.