I received the most human message I ever got, yesterday, from a dear friend. I want to share it with you:
“Good morning Chude. I didn’t sleep much. Yesterday, I fought the hardest I’ve ever had to fight for my life. I wanted to kill myself and go and rest.
“I’m glad I didn’t do it. (But) I am hurting very much. Battling depression and anxiety and winning, but not as fast as I’d like.
“I’m not so strong. I’d like to spend today crying and praying and letting myself hurt. I don’t want to be a strong, fierce soldier today. I want to be what I am, a hurting child.”
I was walking to a meeting when I got this message. It stopped me right in my tracks. It said something deep, whole, and human to my spirit.
It also left me speechless with the power of its honesty.
All I could reply, transfixed in that moment of the most beautiful honesty was, “hugs”.
Hugs that said ‘I understand’, ‘I think I understand’, ‘I’m here’, ‘You have a right to be here’, ‘Everything you feel is valid’, ‘You are greatly loved’.
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Chude Jideonwo is host of the TV and radio network #WithChude, which is creating safe spaces for conversations about mental, emotional and spiritual health across Africa. He is also co-founder of human flourishing company, Joy, Inc.