I’m broken.

My life is full of problems and stress. It has been for years. As a kid, I was the child victim of a cult. In my teens, I lived in foster care. I even lived in my car on a dead-end street at times. I struggled with drug and alcohol use in my 20s. In my 40s, my marriage was complicated, due to my ex-wife’s struggle with OCD. I lost my firstborn child. I’ve played the role of a single dad.

Life has not been easy, and it has broken me down.

My story may be a bit more dramatic than yours. On the other hand, there are people who have had it much worse than me. You might be one. Everybody’s been broken to one extent or another.

It’s true that there are millions of normal people and families in the world. Some just seem to have better luck or circumstances than others. Still, in some way, something has been broken for them, too. Someone’s death alone can break us. And death escapes nobody.

Yet, rather than complain and dwell upon being broken, I make a choice to get up every morning and do my best each day. And that’s life. I don’t claim to be stronger than anyone else. My brokenness is no different than yours. I’ve learned to live with being broken, to do my best, to address problems, to work toward solutions, and to focus on the better parts of life.

If you feel broken right now, life is not hopeless. Know that. Reach out for others for help if you need it. We can all be broken together and help one another. That’s being human.

If you feel so overwhelmed that you think life is not worth living, think again. If you need to, please call the suicide hotline at 800-273-8255. – dse

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Author: Dan Steven Erickson

Dan Steven Erickson is a great undiscovered American songwriter.