An Insight a Day

If You're Feeling Helpless, Help Someone

If you're feeling helpless, help someone.

Aung San Suu Kyi

Recently, I've started having panic attacks over something irrational. They usually don't last long, but the problem is they keep coming back every few hours, no matter how hard I talked myself out of it. It's funny how easily emotions can override rational thinking.

One particular panic attack left me feeling extremely helpless, and it was then I remembered the quote: "If you're feeling helpless, help someone." Somehow, the mere thought that I could help others was very relieving, and like magic, it calmed my nerves and soothed my emotions.

I remember discovering that quote, not in written form, but from a song somewhere, and after some digging, it was actually from a TED talk song in 2011.

Listening to it again today, it hits very differently from back then, especially in the context of what happened since the 2020 pandemic and the recent wars and conflicts.