Featuring our first guest blogger, Sahil Sharma 🙂
Here’s to the damned, to the lost, and forgotten…
Hopelessness. The word often takes the form of “what do I do next?” – and sometimes, we do not have that answer. Similar to the city of Atlantis, you know there is this magical metropolis somewhere buried deep in the sea, but are not sure where to find it. Maybe there’s no actual magic in it, but when you know what you hope for most and hold it like a light within you, you can make things happen, almost like magic.
See, there is this idea that optimism can be taken for false hope. But there is also this idea of false hopelessness that manifests itself in “I can’t,” or “we can’t.”
Well, we can.
This much I know. I do not allow myself to be overcome by hopelessness. Regardless of my situations, I believe that we are destined for something greater than ourselves. If we enlarge our capacities, we can create new potential to free somebody. Getting that freedom is our social duty, because we owe it to each not to burden each other with prescriptions and demands, but to celebrate life with fearlessness instead of hopelessness.
What is that next step after a bad situation?
I do not have a 10-Steps to X, Y, or Z list for you, but I will encourage you to breathe. Just, breathe. It is okay not to be okay. If you need to be something, be kind. Take the time to be with your skin and bones, and embrace the direct and honest relationship with your life. Swim in a river of your feels, but let your spirit rise like a Phoenix from the ash.
When you are feeling stuck, you need a change. Your passions will fuse with your skills to help you find that angle of social change – even on a small scale. Poetry, photography, cooking, fundraising, spreading awareness, learning and researching, dance, songwriting, picking clovers – aka you do not have to stay in a state of hopelessness.
If you feel limited, remember you are always allowed to be yourself outside of your situation, because the light at the end of the tunnel is always inside you.
Pssttt!!! Every Sunday here at Whine Night, we’re going to feature a post from one of our fabulous guest bloggers! If any of y’all are interested in being one of featured bloggers, please get in touch – we’d love to hear from you!