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The Sighing of the Prisoner

My days are vanishing like smoke, and my bones are charred like a fireplace. 
My heart has been struck down like grass and has withered, 
for I forgot to eat my food. Because of my loud groaning, 
my bones cling to my flesh. 
I have grown numb and become completely crushed;
my anguish heart makes me roar.
I resemble the pelican of the wilderness; I'm like a little owl among the ruins. 
I lie awake; I am like a solitary bird on the roof.
My friends and companions avoid me because of my plague,
and my close acquaintances keep their distance.
For I eat ashes as my bread, 
and my drink mingled with tears. 
My days are like a fading shadow, and I'm withering like grass. 

This post is not meant to sadden, actually it's quite the opposite. When I read the above words recently, I could not help but think I needed to share them, because I know that no matter how optimistic most people might be or want to be, as human beings living in this turbulent, fickle world, we all inevitably have moments when we struggle with negative thoughts that we can't seem to get out of our heads as though held prisoner by them. Maybe some of you are struggling with those feelings right now. I want you to know that you are not alone. Having this platform is such a privileged way that allows us to not only share beautiful things in the world of design, fashion, food and travel, but it also gives us the opportunity to lend a shoulder to each other as we face real issues that can get us down in our journey through the maze of life. With all that said, I wanted to say just remember with every up and down, you learn lessons that make you strong. At the same time, even the strong needs someone to take his hand and say everything will be alright. Today, I'm here to tell you that everything is going to be alright. 

"a strong person is not the one who doesn't cry. 
A strong person is the one who cries 
and shed tears for a moment, then gets 
up and fights again." 
Just never give up.

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