I live in a country where I'm facing one of the most dangerous times I've ever encountered in my life. Fear is taking control over everything. I'm a skilled professional who is passionate about products and services. I've done everything I could to make something out of the place I'm living in, but I, as well as other nationals of my age, are facing everyday situations that don't only jeopardize our chances in becoming successful people, but also threaten our lives.
Political instability, fear of being harassed/detained, economic stagnation, you name it. I've been personally subject to one of these threatening situations (believe it or not, it happened while I was normally walking in the street), but I managed to get back home safe. My friends/acquaintances have been subject to similar experiences as well. Lately I have been crippled by fear to the point I'm staying at home looking for an escape gate, but you can't change your life sending emails and doing cheap freelance work.
Is there anyone here willing to help? Open my eyes on an opportunity/plan to achieve what I think I was born to do and contribute in changing the world even on the smallest possible scale?
Depression is taking over and I'm trying to fight it, but I'm afraid I'm about to collapse. Suggestions? Help?
Unlike most answers on Clarity, where the experts share their grizzled, hard-earned experience, and seek to guide others to success... I'm not sure there are many of us with the experience to guide or advise you in such a personally challenging and difficult cultural environment.
That said, we may not be able to guide, we can seek to inspire!
The answer you seek is right there, in your own question, your own words. The opportunity to change the world that you're looking for is right in front of you.
The words I mean are these... "My friends/acquaintances have been subject to similar experiences as well."
It's clear to me that though you may feel down and defeated, you are already in a great place to effect change - With those friends and acquaintances you mentioned. You're already in communication with those people, you have a shared bond of common experience, and you want to make a difference. From such small seeds of determination, great change can be affected.
There is a quote, which I am heavily paraphrasing and I cannot attribute properly, that I want to share... "Great leaders create a space for others to succeed"
I want you to focus on one idea... "Creating a possibility space for others"
What I mean by this is to imagine, discover and create ways for the people around you to feel better about life, to create spaces and opportunities for them to contribute to each other.
This might mean organizing people so they can walk around together (assuming safety in numbers, and not an increased risk of harassment). Or a way for people to get together to share meals, or resources in some way. You might seek out experienced members of your community, who can help teach others to be safer, more secure and self-reliant. And you can help to teach others to do what you're doing and make the world a better place for each other.
I don't know the individual challenges you and your community face, but I know who can fix them... You.
And if you want to make a difference in the world as a whole, to inspire and illuminate others? Do everything I just suggested, and write about it. Anonymously if needs be.
I for one would love to read a blog about how you're implementing change in such a challenging and hostile political climate. The world has enough productivity startups, mobile agencies and clever apps for first-world problems - We need something real, to remind us there is more to life than the latest Apple product, or viral video.
You can do it. For yourself, for your community, and for the rest of us who might often take our lives for granted.
Lee Greenwood, thanks for a brave answer. Asker, I am sorry you are living in such dire circumstances, and I applaud your raising your voice to a broader community.
I can, in only a small way, relate to the circumstance of environment you describe: my sons are black, which means they face potential discrimination and violence whenever they leave the house. But it sounds like you are deep inside several circles of threat supported by layers of institutions.
You say depression is setting in, and I am not surprised. Depression's super-power is to overwhelm -- the best way to fight it is the chip away at it daily. You are doing so when you reach out to people on Clarity and elsewhere. How can you apply your talents to keeping channels open so your voice and the voices of your colleagues can continue to be heard? What forums and platforms can you commit to communicating on on a regular basis, so we know you are still with us?
This is not a STRATEGY topic... it's 100% your psychology. We all, every one of us, face fear in our lives. We face obstacles and opposition. Its only when you can create an empowering meaning from that opposition that you use it as fuel. When a business fails you choose to look at it as an end, or a beginning. You can look at an economic crash as ruin, or opportunity!
The key is it is up to you to choose the meaning and let Fear Freeze you or Fuel you. time and time again people have chosen to turn FEAR into POWER. There is a science to this. It has to do with taking control of specific elements of your mental and emotional state. It even incorporates the Physical. It is what allowed injured olympic athletes to throw themselves into the fight one more time and win the gold. It allowed men to face opposition and death and overcome and win. It has everything to do with the meaning we give our problems.
I'm not saying the story isn't real. I'm saying you have to choose how to face the reality. A good read: Mankind's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl - will give you a new perspective.