What do you hope when you see no hope? What do you do when the end of your misery is not discernible in the distance? When there is no promise of change? You are not ready to give up, but there is nothing to grab on to, nothing to keep your head above the water. So you hold on, blindly, not knowing what, if, when you’ll be saved. You just know you must hang on. You know that there is hope and, for the first time in your life, you realize that you do have faith despite still not having found religion.
But you aren’t patient. This hope needs to be defined. It needs to become visible to you. So how do you do that? How do you give shape and color to your hope? How do you force hope to reveal itself? You send out some random calls and messages to friends and family asking them how they would fix your life if they were you. What do you need to change? What do you need to fix? OK, so you know what you need to fix, but how do you fix it? You can’t fix it now, so how do you hold on until you can fix it? How do you know that one day you will be able to fix it? How do you make the wait bearable?
Just hold on.
Just believe, have faith. You know that this too shall pass. Life is full of ups and downs – most of them you have no control over – just a rollercoaster that you need to ride out. Better times are ahead for all who suffer. Believe. Breathe. Look forward. Move forward (as soon as you can figure out how).
Nobody says it better than Florence & the Machine – Shake it Out