“Onwu egbuchughi ji e jiri chu aja, e mesie o pue ome.”
Translation: “If the yam used in sacrifice does not die prematurely, it will eventually germinate”
— Igbo Proverb
I will not start by going into the rudiments of depression for I am not a medical personnel, rather I want us to look at it from the layman’s view, the social view point. Everyone has battled with depression at one point in their lives especially as the situation of the country gives a lot of room for thought. Excluding those suffering from mental illness which is out of their control, depression sometimes occur because of the things we face, see and hear. Life in itself is full of challenges and we can’t hide or run from them no matter how hard we try, no matter our social, academic, and religious standing, no matter the gender, we are bound to face them at every stage of our lives.
When these challenges look like impenetrable mountains, depression becomes a good friend. Take for instance, your business is not booming or your wife is making your home a living hell or your boss is breathing fire and brimstone down your neck, depression hits hard then. It eats into our soul and body, it makes us lethargic and without hope not ready to live or grow. For many people, depression kills them way before the thought of suicide ends the physical body. Depression makes you lose your persona, your joy of living, the essence of your health. Depression is the only virus that feeds only on your mind.
As the Igbo proverb says, when we encounter these challenges and we don’t die in them, we shall conquer them. These mountains, is just life’s way of preparing us to relax comfortably and value what we have when we have it. The battles you and I fight and win makes us a better people. Take for instance, if you have a strict boss who loves to set incredulous time limit for projects, if you look beyond his cruelty, you will see he is training you to be become better at what you do because men work best under adversity and also it’s God’s way of telling you that you aren’t designed to remained there forever. Every problem we face, in itself is it’s solution, it is also designed to make you stronger and better, if life was just smooth, we will love to live and breathe in our comfort zone and not grow emotionally, in and other aspects of life.
There are different sayings like if life throws you lemon, make lemonade or once there is life, there is hope, these sayings or proverbs proves the roughness of the journey but also shows us the light at the end of the tunnel. We must not let depression be the first dose we swallow when faced with seemingly impenetrable mountains but we must be steadfast in the belief that no matter how long the night is, the sun will always rise. Remove your focus from your problem instead focus on your God, your loved ones and in them draw strength and you will succeed. Never stop believing. #InsideLife with Eddie Levi.