"Life was hell for me."
"From the way they treat me, I feel like I'm already in hell."
We all have heard people saying this before, or at least something that brings about the similar message, but just not as crude.
However, where or what exactly is this 'hell' that people have been speaking of?
It is interesting to note that if you take two different individuals who are facing the same personal problem, or at least problems of the same magnitude, chances are that you may yield different results from each of the individuals.
One may face his/her problem with ease and accept things as the way they are. The individual looks at everything in a positive way and learns from his/her problems. The individual chooses not to be trapped in the past, and forgives and forgets.
The other individual, on the other hand, may be overwhelmed by the problem, unable to overcome it. The individual's soul is at unrest. He/she begins to feel insecure, paranoid and constantly wallows in the past, eventually succumbing to depression, with the belief that life is so cruel.
That life is a living hell.
Now, back to the question, what or where exactly is this hell?
The answer lies within our minds.
Hell is in our minds.
Life isn't hell, it is just that we choose to perceive it as so. We can choose to perceive life as something beautiful, and accept that the challenges that life gives us, as lessons to learn from.
However, the human mind is more susceptible to pointing out the bad than the good. Hence, we have the tendency to perceive every challenge in life as something that is meant to pull us down. Something that must be avoided at all costs. Something ought to be feared of.
Our minds are like a double-edged sword, it can be both the light that guides our path out of the darkness, or the one that leads us to an eternal abyss. Our minds may be strong enough to strike down every challenge that arises, but if not handled with care, it can cut deep into our flesh.
Then again, the mind is indeed something which we humans can never fully comprehend. However, it is undeniable that the hell within it can be subjected to our control. Which is exactly what we must do to achieve tranquillity. To quell the fear and unrest within our souls.
To achieve inner peace.
Life has done nothing to be labelled as 'hell'. The choice is, and has always been in our hands, to decide whether life is cruel, or otherwise.
Constantly trying to keep her sanity at check,