Birds sing. It wakes me up, and that’s how my day begins. I go to school, where I’m liked enough by my peers to not be picked on. My teachers generally think well of me, which is a good thing. I have clothing on my back, clothing that I like, and I’m not ugly.
I work hard at school, and I see the results. I have a couple of friends who care about me. I live close enough to school that I can walk home, and I listen to music, which always makes me happy.
Once home, I have relative freedom. My parents love me. I have two sisters. I have my own computer, and my own room. I have space to do my homework. I can have friends over if I’d like. I live in a fairly safe town (in a not so safe country). I don’t have to be afraid to step out of my door.
Truly, if I look at myself from afar, I can see why people think my life must be great. I have what others covet. Supposedly. Other people might think of my life as a dream. I appreciate what I have, I’m aware of how wonderful it is to have these things.
But I’m living a nightmare. An invisible nightmare, to those who aren’t me.
When the birds sing, it hurts my head. When I wake up, I awake to pain. When I go to school, I’m faced with the horrible truth: I’m no kid anymore. I’m light-years older than everyone else, because I have to be.
Everything that sounds good on that list, is awful is you’re feeling constant pain. I can’t think, can’t breathe, can’t exist, without something about my body being wrong. Our bodies were designed to work. Not to spread pain. With one pain, comes another, and my body tries to adjust. But it can’t. Because pain is a domino, and my body can’t let its guard down.
And people think they should covet what I have. I want to throw a tantrum, kick my legs, punch teddy bears and scream at the world: why was I given this? I want to grab the world by its neck, shake it, and make it realize something: just because something looks great, doesn’t mean it is. But more importantly: just because someone looks okay, it doesn’t mean that they are.
To you, something may look like a dream. But more likely, it’s a nightmare.
I can’t sleep at night,
Look into my eyes, it’s where my demons hide. -Demons, Imagine Dragons