Trapped in the trap of one’s own mind, there are numerous souls around the world battling with depression silently all alone. Although depression lies only inside a person’s own mind it has the potential to pluck the person out from its root entirely. Devastating in itself, it becomes more tragic when the social stigma gets attached to it like an unwanted weed.
Battling and fighting depression seems like an unending reign of terror completely depriving the sufferer of any ray of hope. Numerous accounts of the people who have been a victim of the state of depression can tell how difficult even the daily chores like combing hair, stepping out of the bed, getting dressed up after taking shower and taking the first step out of the house, can become. Suffering in silent pain inside the closet of one’s own mind are the gradually dying souls in urgent need of help.
So how can something like running which is equally simple and exhaustive help train the already exhausted mind to step out and fight for survival? The answer is simple – when all door seems to be closed one has to carve a new path for oneself in order to fight and survive and stop oneself from drowning in the dark waters of depression. I know stepping out requires huge courage and a big battle with oneself but that first step has the power to save the person from drowning. On the first day when one takes the first step out, the person embarks on a journey of reinventing oneself entirely. It can be aptly stated in a single line that journey of thousands of miles starts with a single step. The first week of running may appear to be a worthless tiring attempt to accomplish an unattainable goal but these first few seemingly worthless attempts are the first few rungs of the ladder that will drive the person to feel the positive brain chemistry happening in the brain. once the endorphin kick in, the dense cloud of despair starts to drift away as endorphin released during running gives a sense of achievement to person.
No matter how small the achievement may be it holds a huge value to the person who a few weeks back found it hard to even step out of the bed.I personally believe the first week is the toughest part of starting the running regime but it is also the most crucial part of the entire process. once a person drags itself out of the first week then a world of new possibilities open as it is the gateway to reinventing oneself. I may be emphasizing too much on the first week but undeniably initial days are the hardest. Slowly the second-week rolls in and the feeling of confidence grows in.The most important factor in fighting with depression is faith in oneself and running can provide the sense of faith in an individual.
The hollowness that depression creates inside a person slowly starts to fade away when one jumps into their trainers and the body starts to swing in the pleasantly rhythmic motions of ones feets. After long friction with self when the first drop of sweat breaks out, the body starts to feel light and the heaviness of the heart starts to fade away.Sweat rolling down the forehead fills the heart with a pleasant yet strong feeling to run more and achieve more.After all its not about how much one can run but how much barriers one can break to fight with oneself for oneself.