Darkness and Strength

Many of us have been there, where we’ve reached very dark moments in our lives. These moments are different for everyone. But these feelings of worthlessness and depression are horrible, a disease, and feeds on a person both physically and mentally.

I’ve been there myself, and I wouldn’t wish these feelings upon anyone. I still get sad when I think that similar feelings of hopelessness may have caused great figures like Robin Williams to take his own life.

But I urge: please don’t let those dark moments define the rest of your your life. I’m not saying forget about them, quite the contrary. Use them to your advantage. You’ve suffered and you’ve lived those moments, but you survived. You’ve learned and grown from them, and you’ve become massively stronger because of it. You would not be the person you are today without them. Out of this darkness comes a newfound knowledge, and there are many out there who could also use some of it.

I’ve found happiness in helping others, providing inspiration, and spreading positivity. Can that come off as cheesy? Sure. Does that sometimes sound cliche? Sure, but it doesn’t matter to me if I find it works.

I find my life very fulfilling when I see I’ve made someone smile, when someone tells me that they appreciate me, when someone takes my advice and they find it benefited them. It’s not for the recognition; it’s because I know I am making a positive difference in the world. That alone is enough for me. ❤️

Author: Donald "Nugget" Arteaga

Living to transcend labels, to share my insights, to inspire others to move past the generalizations and stereotypes of society. Was diagnosed with autism, but autism doesn't have me! <3

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