Healing most certainly isn’t a linear journey; it’s not a paved road, and by no means can we simply just “feel better” because someone else tells us it’s possible (though it can help if they’re coming from a sincere place). We must FEEL the pull of something new, or ancient, that coexists with the “I’m not okay right now” statements. These depression quotes gather the sentiments of souls who understand.
Emptiness is heavy when we think it should not be there. What might happen if you let it be there, if you allow emptiness? Maybe something will fill it, like light and fresh air, and maybe something else won’t fill it, like the heaviness of a “should.”
I’ve finally stopped pretending I’m fine when I’m not. It’s okay not to feel okay, and however cliché that sounds, it’s the truth. It took a while to get here, but it has all proven worthwhile because I’m better each time I rise.
Even if we know deeply that there’s purpose in the suffering, the fear can still grip us so tightly that there’s no room for hope to grow—not even a tiny little seed feels like it’ll fit in that dark space. The thing is, you’re human, not a straight-up being of light. You have sides, shadows and light, fears and love, confusion and support.
There’s room for darkness in humanity, as well all know. Some of us feel it more than others, and some days the feelings are darker than others. Fake motions that pretend we’re fine when we’re not feeling very fine don’t serve where we’re at; that only places another veil over honest hope.Even your trials have an expiration date, if you allow space for them to come and go. Click To Tweet
Wearing a mask just drives us deeper into despair, because we think we’re supposed to feel a certain way, act a certain way, in order to be considered “normal” or “appropriate” or “okay” or something we’re just not right now.
What works for one might not work for everyone, I know, but that’s no reason not to share some light-filled solutions (or a little soul-to-soul encouragement, at the least) with each other in hopes that something will work for someone else.
So, I’m not always fine. What I have learned from my own softened battles and surrendered sorrow is that there’s hope for people who don’t feel okay. There’s compassion from others who get it, and we “earn” our compassion from the tribulations we know.There's support for every sorrow, an outlet for every story, a kin heart for every heartache. Click To Tweet
You can be better each time you rise, supported when you sit consciously with what you feel and let compassion fill in the cracks. Honesty over falsehoods brings you closer to home. These depression quotes pay homage to the nonlinear path that you might be walking, though not alone.
22 Sincere Depression Quotes to Plant Hope in Dark Soil, Elicit Compassion & Breathe New Life
1. “Healing begins when we bring the lies we’ve believed out of the darkness.” — Hope Prevails, by Dr. Michelle Bengston
2. “Nothing has been more terrifying than battling with my own mind, nothing more empowering than choosing not to battle—not giving up; giving IT up. The fight can’t win if I don’t feed it. If I allow it to come as it pleases, it can leave that much easier because I’m not holding on. How strangely liberating it is, that as I soften, I am strengthened. As I let go of the “battle mentality,” it releases me. I am stronger than the thoughts that happen to occur: This realization has saved me on every occasion.” — Jennifer Williamson
3. “Instead of saying ‘I’m damaged, I’m broken, I have trust issues’ say ‘I’m healing, I’m rediscovering myself, I’m starting over.’” — Horacio Jones“The bravest thing I ever did was continuing my life when I wanted to die.” — Juliette Lewis Click To Tweet
5. “One day it may feel like you’ve got this recovery thing down and you’re on track and then the next day your emotions may feel like a total war zone and back to square one. This can make it feel like things will never get better. But that’s not how recovery works. Recovery is lined with both setbacks and victories but overall we progress. One step at a time, one realization at a time, one session at a time, one prayer at a time, one break-down and bound-back at a time, we progress. So keep going. Remember each day you can start over. Every morning we get a new shot to put the sorrows of yesterday behind us and try again with new persistence. So you had a rough day. You can try again tomorrow.” — Brittney Moses
6. “I’ve found that recovery means being honest. About what I want. What I need. What I feel. Who I am.” — Anonymous
7. “I wish I could show you, when you are lonely or in darkness, the astonishing light of your own being.” — Hafiz of Shiraz“Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.” — J.K. Rowling Click To Tweet
9. “Deep in your wounds are seeds, waiting to grow beautiful flowers.” — Niti Majethia
10. “Resistance is not strength. Your softness is strength. If someone calls you weak for feeling less-than-okay and expressing your honest experiences, they have misunderstood and misdirected their own weaknesses. You don’t need to hold on to falsehoods, to puff up or point out perceived weaknesses of others, in order to be perceived as strong: That is how strong you are.” —Jennifer Williamson
11. “When we deny the story, it defines us. When we own the story, we can write a brave new ending.” — Brené Brown“To be worthy does not mean to be perfect.” — Gerrit W. Gong Click To Tweet
13. “You’re not gonna want to hear this, but I’ll say it anyway: it’s the sad days, the long ones that feel like they’ll never end, that reveal the person buried beneath all that charade. It’s the sorrow that shapes us, the heartache, and how we respond. We are created by what we endure.” — Tyler Knott Gregson
14. “… and here you are living despite it all.” — Rupi Kaur
15. “Sometimes when you’re in a dark place you think you’ve been buried, but actually you’ve been planted.” — Christine Caine“We are all broken… that’s how the light gets in.” — Ernest Hemingway Click To Tweet
17. “When inquiry is alive inside you, every thought you think ends with a question mark, not a period. And that is the end of suffering.” — Byron Katie
18. “Be softer with you. You are a breathing thing. A memory to someone. A home to a life.” — Nayyirah Waheed
19. “You’re not a victim for sharing your story. You are a survivor setting the world on fire with your truth. And you never know who needs your light, your warmth and raging courage.” — Alex Elle“Once the shadow is embraced, it can be healed. When it is healed it becomes Love.” — Debbie Ford Click To Tweet
21. “My dark days made me strong. Or maybe I already was strong, and they made me prove it.” — Emery Lord
22. “You are allowed to be both a masterpiece and a work in progress, simultaneously.” — Sophia Bush
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Please share your heartfelt thoughts and encouragement, lessons you’ve learned from your own nonlinear path, what has supported you in your darker times, and any helpful or hopeful stories with me (and all of us) in the comments.
Send a light-filled hug to a kindred soul, and pass along these depression quotes where it feels right. Love a little louder today.
Allow, allow, allow. Open, soften, be easy. When you forget who you are, or can’t remember ever really knowing, there’s a chance to remember again.
It all matters. The truth matters. You matter.
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