The opposite of hope is despair. They can be closely related at times. Notice the space between the two signs? It's very small. One emotion travels in one direction, the other heads the reverse way, and too many times, one becomes the other.
When does hope turn to despair, or when does despair turn to hope?
Faith and optimism can do a 180 in a split second.
My friend died two days ago by his own hand.
He'd always smiled. Laughed. Shared stories of faith and how he knew God would take him through hard times. Never once did he indicate to me he had doubts.
If anyone had known the event or thoughts that changed his mind direction, he could have been helped. He could have prevented this tragedy by confiding in someone.
Too often we don't share, and then it's too late.
If you are harboring dark, desperate thoughts and actions, seek help. Reach out to someone.
Just as despair came upon you, hope can too. Depression and despair can also do a 180 in a split second.
If you don't wish to share with loved ones or people who know you, call the Lifeline number.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Phone Number