When was the last time you checked on your friend? When was the last time your strong friend said that they were okay but they aren’t? How was our friend the last time you spoke to them? How was that friend who you saw down in the street? How is that friend who but something sad on social media? How was that friend of a friend who just lost their job? How is that person who has stayed in all the time? When was the last time you text someone to see how they are? There is a friend who stays inside and don’t talk to anyone. There is a family member who look at their phones each day and never receive a message. There is a friend who cries and you don’t even know. There is a family member who never gets asks whether they are okay. There is that friend wishing to be with someone but not able to. When was the last time you checked on someone?
There are times when I feel strong but I don’t. There are times when I feel like I need help but I don’t know where to turn to. There are times when I sit inside and have no one to speak to all day. There are times when I am there for people but no one is there for me. There are times when I have a smile on my face but deep inside I am crumbling. There are times when I have tears in my eyes but I wipe them away. There are times when I stay in more and more and no one asks why. There are times when I cancel social plans not because I am busy but because I don’t want to go out. There are times when I crumble but no one sees. There are times when no one asks whether I am okay. There are times when I don’t respond to messages not because I don’t care but because I don’t have the will power to talk. There are more times than not when I feel nothing, I look fine and strong but inside I am breaking down.
I often wonder why no one worries about me and where people are when I need them. There are so many people that go through days when they are hard. They wonder what they have done wrong. They wonder why they are quick to check on other people and no one checks on them. It is hard to see someone who used to be so strong gradually going downhill and becoming unsociable. Some people are getting more and more lonely day by day and it is sad to see it. I used to be so open and honest with other people but now I am quiet and closed into my own space. I used to see friends a lot but now I don’t. I used to go out a lot but now I don’t. I used to reply to messages but now it takes me longer to do so. Everyday I suffer in silence because I don’t want other people to know about me and how I suffer but I know that can be dangerous to me.
There are days when people become more and more negative because there is no one else to be there for them. They feel strong but a lot of people don’t know that they aren’t and they are struggling. We all live in a community and we need to reach out to those who we think are strong. Everybody needs help in life and sometimes it is those who are strong need more help than others because they are not able to talk about it. We need to check up on our friends, we need to check up on our family, we need to check up on those close to us, we need to check up on everyone that we know. We would rather here about other peoples problems than to attend their funeral.
I know that for everyone God is there for us and He will keep us close to Him. However, it is hard to talk to other people about our personal lives but is important that we do so. We never know who needs a helping hand unless we ask. God can be wonderful and can help us but sometimes we need a helping hand from those people around us. It is important that we all stick together and help each other.