For those who are fortunate to have never experienced isolation or do not know the extent of its impact may wonder what it feels like.
What is isolation?
Isolation is when we are separated or feel separated from the people and things around us.
Depression can lead to isolation. It is one of the most destructive and devastating things a person can experience.
Isolation gives you too much time to think, to be stuck in your own mind, lost in your thoughts. It makes you feel everything yet nothing.
Isolation is to be wholly present in the moment and yet go unnoticed, to talk and yet be unheard, almost erased from existence for a time.
Isolation gives us the superpower of invisibility, without truly being hidden.
It is to be separated from the people and the world around us. It is to feel alone in a world full of people. You may be surrounded with people yet you feel alone, unheard.
Anxiety and depression can isolate you from the outside world. It makes you either too afraid to go out or takes away your desire to go out into the world.
Everyone likes solitude, some time to be alone. But while solitude can give us peace or vitality, isolation makes us powerless. Isolation makes us helpless.
It is to be lost in a darkness, in your own world, lost in your own mind.
It makes us become merely a painting on a wall, the oxygen filling our lungs or solely a speck of dust floating through the air.
Remember no darkness lasts forever. Without darkness, there would be no light just like without sadness we would not know happiness.
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