Have You Been Feeling Completely Hopeless Lately?
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Have You Been Feeling Completely Hopeless Lately?

Have You Been Feeling Completely Hopeless Lately?
Pamela Dennis PhD

As of late, you feel that you have lost yourself, your focus, your passion, and your vigor for life. That person you once knew - gone. That focus you once had - gone. That fire for your dreams - gone. That excitement for living - gone. Nothing has felt the same, and it breaks you down more and more each day.

At first, you thought it was a temporary kind of thing, until it failed to go away as you expected. Now, you have begun to believe that you will be forever lost in the sea of life and that there is simply no way to get back to whom and what you once were. However, fight back that belief and do not let the sea drown you. Keep hope afloat and do not stop swimming. All may seem completely hopeless, but you will find your way again if you do not give up. So keep swimming and, in time, you will find yourself, along with the focus, passion, and vigor that you have deeply missed.

No matter how lost you may feel, do not give up or lose hope. Moreover, know that you are not alone, for everyone, myself included, has felt utterly lost at some point in time. I recently went through a period where I lost myself. Nothing made sense … nothing made my smile … nothing made me feel like me … even my beloved chocolate lost its sweet taste (which should be an illegal occurrence in my chocolate infested life). I was in disbelief and disarray, because everything was great and grand the day before that period began. But the day after was the exact opposite.

My interests didn't keep me passionate, my drive no longer made me feel like I had a sense of purpose, my future seemed nothing less than bleak, and that excitement and zest for life abandoned me. I just wanted to sit around each day and do nothing because I felt like doing anything was simply pointless. It was a truly rough time in my life, and with each passing day, I was sure that I would not find myself again. However, when I was at my rope’s end, I found some strength to push forward. I did not want to give up. So I fought to regain myself. It took a long while, but I did eventually find myself, and it was truly refreshing.

In a weird way, being utterly lost helped me to find myself even more, for I learned some significant things about myself that I never would have known existed. I guess we all need to get lost sometimes in order to find ourselves—our true selves.

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