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A man reassesses his life. The good, the bad, and the doubts that hang in between.

Realization is dawning and acceptance is reaching out its hand.

Can someone else’s coaxing or motivating really make a difference?

Many times, professional help only aims at herding different people and problems together.

Mental health is a subject that needs more sensitization and individual understanding.

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I’m an honorable man. I live a respectable life. I love myself. These words are not my own thinking. I have bought them at a hefty price. Psychiatrists will never be affordable. They rob you of your money, pretending to gift you priceless thoughts. I stand in front of the mirror repeating these […]

A Man’s Life by Terveen Gill — Gobblers / Masticadores // Editores: Manuela Timofte / j re crivello

14 Comments on “A Man’s Life by Terveen Gill — Gobblers / Masticadores // Flash Fiction

  1. You are an expert in psychoanalytic posts forcing your characters to speak like real people generating empathy and relatedness. You beautifullly articulated the constant internal struggle most of us go through but deny its existence!!

    • It’s a sad yet also an empowering tussle. It just depends how much one can satiate or conquer the upheaval within. At times, making peace with this chaos and finding stability elsewhere is the only choice many actually have. Often looking for a cure or undergoing treatment isn’t the best possibility but it definitely shouldn’t be overlooked. At times, a small boost can work wonders. 🙂

    • I agree. Hope should never take a backseat. Just have to keep moving ahead and dealing the best we can. Thank you. 🙂

  2. Yes, what a disturbed person. I guess it’s the pills. Wonder if the pills have helped to deal with the symptoms or caused these agonies. One never knows. I’ve never been to a psychiatrist but I am always very curious. What a session will be like? Is it really as it is described in movies or TV shows?

    • I’d say just stay away, Haoyan. I would never wish a psychiatrist upon anyone. The brain and mind are so complicated. It’s more like a guessing game and there’s a lot that’s left undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. Like shooting an arrow in the dark. It could be a hit or miss. 🙂

  3. this man is locked in a monumental struggle: self doubt over self affirmation; I hope he makes it to the end —

    • I hope he does to. Something tells me that he will. And that’s the courage one must never discard. Thank you, John. 🙂

  4. Wonderful write, Terveen. The stigma around emotionality is so problematic. Many people suffer, as I once did, due to a lack of knowledge on how to understand their own emotions, and how to process them in a healthy way. I’d like to see this change. Happy weekend, my friend. ☺️

    • Thank you for talking about it, Jeff. Processing in a healthy way – that’s the key to healing and putting things in the correct perspective. It’s a tough journey when the darkness continues to get thicker. May many see the light. Have a beautiful week ahead. 🙂

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