Reasons to Stay Alive

Before I start, I wanted to say that this is taken exactly from the book ‘Reasons to Stay Alive’ by Matt Haig and I wanted to share this with whomsoever is reading this or needs it like I do right now. Anyway, so let’s get going.

  1. You are on another planet. No one understands what you are going through. But actually, they do. You don’t think they do because the only reference point is yourself. You have never felt this way before, and the shock of the descent is traumatising you, but others have been here. You are in the dark, dark land with a population of millions.
  2. Things aren’t going to get worse. You want to kill yourself. That is how low it gets. There is only upwards from here.
  3. You hate yourself. That is because you are sensitive. Pretty much every human could find a reason to hate themselves if they thought about it as much as you did. We’re total bastards, us humans, but also totally wonderful.
  4. So what, you have a label? ‘Depressive’. Everyone would have a label if they asked the right professional.
  5. That feeling you have, that everything is going to get worse, is just a symptom.
  6. Minds have their own weather systems. You are in a hurricane. Hurricanes run out of energy eventually. Hold on.
  7. Ignore stigma. Every illness has stigma once. We fear getting ill, and fear tends to lead to prejudice before information.
  8. Nothing lasts for ever. This pain won’t last. The pain tells you it will last. Pain lies. Ignore it. Pain is a debt paid off with time.
  9. Minds move. Personalities shift. Your mind is a galaxy. More dark than light. But the light makes it worthwhile. Which is to say, don’t kill yourself. Even when the darkness is total. Always know that life is not still. Time is space. You are moving through that galaxy. Wait for the stars.
  10. You will one day experience joy that matches this pain. You will cry euphoric tears at the Beach Boys, you will stare down at a baby’s face as she lies asleep in your lap, you will eat delicious foods you haven’t tried yet, you will be able to look at a view from a high place and not assess the likelihood of dying from falling. There are books you haven’t read yet that will enrich you, films you will watch while eating extra-large buckets of popcorn, and you will dance and laugh and have sex and go for runs by the river and have late-night conversations and laugh until it hurts. Life is waiting for you. You might be stuck here for a while, but the world isn’t going anywhere. Hang on in there if you can. Life is always worth it.

Right, so that brings me to the end of this. I guess my reason for writing this post is that I’ve been feeling down lately and this book helped me through my negative thoughts. More specifically, this page. The book is beautiful and I recommend it to anyone who is looking for a good read. That’s all and I hope this has impacted you as much it has me.


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