Sometimes life is a dozy, and it really gets you down. You try everything with the best intentions, and you still struggle. There seems to be no hope for a better future. How do you cope?
I’m not sure what works for you, but for me, I think of young Charles Xavier in X-Men: First Class. In 2011, actor Laurence Belcher said:
“I always believed that I couldn't be the only one in the world. The only person who was different. And here you are.”
Xavier looks like a human, right? But he isn’t. He’s a mutant with the power to read minds. At one time, Xavier thought that he was the only mutant in the world because he had never seen another mutant. Therefore, he did feel somewhat sad, scared, “and alone.” Lingering in the back of his mind was the belief that there are more mutants out there. Once he realizes that his new friend Raven happens to be one of those mutants, he confirms his belief and comforts himself by saying that line.
“What do you think of that Mr. Blue Duck? ‘That’s quacktastic!’”
Do you have someone like Raven in you life? Can you honestly say “I am not alone?” Undoubtedly, another person is going through the exact same thing you are. Therefore,
“I thought I was alone. You are not alone. Eric, you are not alone.”
It seems rather selfish to say “I’m the only one in the world.” So, stay strong and put everything in perspective. Hopefully, you’ll feel better. If not, you can always read the book “Could Be Worse!” by James Stevenson.
Or, you might try discussing your concerns with a counselor, or a friend, or a family member whom you can trust. It’s always a good idea to share your thoughts and express your feeling in a nice positive way. Then, you may very well be on the road to leading a happier and healthier life.
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