Even though in it’s adolescent, Internet has had quite a bad reputation. However, this incident is the one to give you a perspective check on how Internet is building up a community all across the seven seas.
Yesterday night, a 20-year old girl from New Delhi shared a snap on Artidote– a community on social media which shares heart felt stories and emotions with people all over the world.
Scared and pregnant, she had decided to overdose that night so as to not bring shame to her family.
However, people from all over the world responded to the snap with deep compassion and empathy. The words and snaps of these strangers she barely knew, were full with love and care.
There were messages to remind her that she’s much more than a bad phase in life
Reminders to tell her that life is indeed worth fighting for
To remind her that there are always a way out – rather than quitting it out
Humble words to tell her she’s cared for
Solutions, motivation, love – all to save her from taking a drastic step
To people who think words are just that, words, here’s to tell you how such beautiful words changed her mind for good.
This is what she snapped late at night:
There are moments in life we panic, break down and see only quitting as the option. You’ve zillions of questions and then the fear of being judged and ridiculed by your parents, friends and the society – it kind of throws you off.
Aren’t we glad for a place like this – THE BIG BAD WORLD OF INTERNET – to exist where we could just reach out without any fear? Because sometimes, people who’ve never known us have the ability to give us strength and love we could never fathom.
Aren’t we glad she reached out to this world last night instead of silently sobbing to death?
And this was her this morning:
The Artidote is a beautiful space to story-tell, empathize, bond and heal through art. Created & curated by Jovanny Varela-Ferreyra, this space has personally given me stories and words to ponder, reflect and guide so many times.
It’s amazing to see a community bringing together different emotions together in a thread to discuss things like depression, anxiety, mental disorder, weight issues and things we feel but are skeptic on talking about it to our friends.
If we step back and think, sharing indeed makes us feel less lonely and realize there’s so much more to life. Perhaps things are never as bad as we think they are.