Perilous Wonderland

“Major depressive disorder is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. for ages 15 to 44.3. MDD affects more than 16.1 million American adults, or about 6.7%of the U.S. population age 18 and older in a given year” (Anxiety and Depression Association of America – ADAA).

Depression is a serious sickness and can come in waves, tear people’s lives apart, and leave them scrambling about trying to pick up the pieces.  I recently encountered a situation with a very close friend of mine that has been battling depression for their entire life, and I had no idea until they broke down one night on my carpet floor. I was helpless, and from then on I made a point to read people better, and pay attention to all the things they are NOT saying. People wear masks, they hide what is hard to face, and attempt to get through the day as if nothing is wrong. Be attentive to those around you, keen with your senses and feelings, because sometimes it all becomes too much and they can’t always see what they need.

Perilous Wonderland ❤ 


Sometimes what someone needs

is not

your two cents

your ideas

‘how the world works in mysterious ways’

They need you,

in the same room as them



You can’t fix people


But you can be there


supplying an ambiance of positive energy


their imbalances

while they rediscover themselves

They will


So I will sit here with you

as long as it takes

Tongue still

The sun can rise and fall



can pass us by

But I won’t leave you

until you realize you can’t leave you

I am going to love you

when you don’t

I’m going to mend open wounds

before you bleed out

And we’ll talk about the scars,

how people hurt people

make them feel worthless,

think things no one should,

demand reasons for existence


And then I’ll make you feel so much more

See what I see

a beautiful being

full of life


sacred belongings

people try and pilfer away

You can’t hold fire,

but you can study its glow and illuminate outward


– Breelyn Shelkey


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