When you're on the path towards growth, it can be a difficult road to keep to. Particularly as the world's going mad - it's easy to lose that sincerity and dedication we've cultivated within and go for easier gains. As depression sets in, it becomes especially comfortable to do the things that are just within our reach rather than reaching for anything for anything more.
When things get hard, as they very often do, it's only natural to want to run the other direction and do the easy thing. Trouble is, that malaise becomes SO alluring and SO tempting, and it's a mental trap. It's easier to be sad and down about yourself than it is to keep moving forward, as growth requires personal involvement and personal evolution. My advice to you? Keep moving forward. Don't stop. Don't give up. Advance and vanquish. Don't become a failed attempt, and don't let yourself get lost within.
When things seem hardest, we're often on the brink of something major. These major evolutions almost always bring additional boons and responsibilities, and so this process does eventually become its own reward.
In this, I'm reminded of my studies of history. Sometime ago, I had a conversation that change the way I looked at personal development. The topic revolved around the order to hold and troop movements in ancient wars.
Historically, most battles were skirmishes right up until they became wholesale slaughters. The difference between a skirmish and a bloodbath was very often decided by the order to hold. When these men were fighting in a formations like a shield wall, they were safe - they were covered left and right & they had support. It was only when they broke rank that the battle truly became dangerous for them.
I mentioned that here because this is now paralleled in life & history is yet again repeating itself as it often does. As we succumb to our personal struggles, we lose our capacity to hold. When we break formation and stop covering the men and women who are left and right of us, they falter too. All that's needed to break the line is one weak link in the chain.
Do not be that link! Be steadfast, be resolute, and be brave. Yes, this is a difficult time for humanity. We've survived worse as a species.
So instead of cowing to that which frightens us, stand up and face it. If you need help, ask for it. If others need help, provided within reason. We stand together, we stand strong… Simple as that.