sometimes, they’re just beaten into submission

and we assume their lifelessness is actually death

when in fact, they’re just cowering out of fear

hoping that no one will notice them

but then they wither away because they were not noticed.


sometimes, we find that the smallest things have the greatest impact

but fail to notice that the small things were actually the big things

but we were too distracted to notice.


sometimes, life happens while we’re making other plans

sometimes, death happens while we’re making other plans

sometimes…we over-think life while forgetting to live

Zaid Ismail

Author, life coach, and mental health activist. We need to change the narrative from disorders, illnesses, and survival to accountability, understanding, and thriving.

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