How do you deal with the hand life has given you?
But really, how do you cope?
Some might take the statement “the hand that life gave you” as being the way school is going, or work, or how family life is going. To others, perhaps financial situations, love life, or just life. Then there’s my hand, my family’s hand. His friends’ hands. My 16-year-old son’s hand – death.
Life dealt him anxiety and depression. Life dealt both of my boys depression, but Zane took the brunt of it. His anxiety was so severe it would lock him up in his room and push his friends away. His BEST friends did not even know he was suffering. He secluded himself from the world. Thanks, life. That brought on the depression, along with girl trouble. Zane didn’t cope very well. His solution? Suicide. Taking that hand and dealing with it his way.
I am here to tell you there are other ways to cope. If life is giving you a wrong hand, talk to someone. Don’t have anyone you think would listen? I have a number for you to call at the end of this post. I will also have a number for you to text.
Suicide isn’t the way to cope. As Zane’s mother, I can promise taking that hand will only lead to more heartache. Now I am the one learning to cope with anxiety and depression. Never did I imagine having to be medicated for this. The last 23 months have been a blur, but without friends and family, I’m not sure what state I would be in. I’m slowly de-medicating and trying more family time instead.
We all cope in our own ways for our own situations. Find yours. But in your process, help someone else find their way of coping. You might be making more of a mark on someone’s life than you think, maybe even saving their life.
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