A man is trapped in a cave with only his phone for a light and the battery is dying

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The ground has finally stopped shaking. Wow, that was close. I should open my eyes. Wait, they are open. I’m opening and closing my eyes, but all I’m seeing is the same thing, absolute darkness. What the heck?

A flashlight, my smartphone’s got one. I need it.

I’ve dropped it! God, I hope it’s still working, where is it. It has to be here, but all I can feel is the floor of the cave.

Got it, and it’s still working, and thank God for the light from its LED screen, which now has a big crack along it. …


A poem about what depression feels like

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Depression, it frustrates,

it makes you lose yourself,

yet you don’t know why,

it makes you want to cry,

yet you don’t know why,

it makes you want to die,

yet you don’t know why,

and that’s why it hurts,

because you don’t want to

lose yourself,

you don’t want to cry,

you don’t want to die,

you just want to know why,

why you feel this way,

why the monster within,

must have its way,

why you can’t just wake up

tomorrow, and be okay.

You can be, and you will be okay,

depression,

it’s a condition,

a battle…


I have never starred in a sitcom, on this day I felt like I was in one

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To tell the story, I met this girl through work, and we got chatting and hit it off and to cut a long story short, arranged to go out on a date. We were going to meet later in the week, but we were chatting over Snapchat and things were, to say the least, heating up between us, because of this she invited me that very night to a bar near where she lived. She was going there with her friends — which is why previously we were not meeting that night, there was a band night on and she…


A middle-aged man who has lost the use of his hands fights to stand up

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Don’t give up, that’s all people kept saying to me, that’s all I kept saying to myself. But it was so difficult, I was lying flat on my back on the floor, and the task my physiotherapist had given me was to stand up. But how was a person supposed to stand up when they couldn’t use their hands?

I looked at my hands — which were locked inside splints that stretched more than a third of the way up my forearms — both were functional, yet both were useless, my wrists were the reason why I had torn the…


It was a week before her wedding, and I was the wedding photographer

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I worked for a period as a wedding photographer, which has given me a unique insight into weddings, for example, every speech given at a wedding sounds pretty much the same, and that’s because clearly everybody Google’s wedding speech and then uses whatever Google puts up at the top as the outline for their speech, all the jokes Google gives included.

Also, in the run-up to the wedding, it is likely that you will get a request of some sort along the lines of My mother hates having her picture taken, and is going to tell you that you are…


And it was taught to me by something my friend’s grandmother said to me after her terminal cancer diagnosis

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My friend’s grandmother getting a terminal cancer diagnosis taught me the most important lesson I’ve ever learned about being positive: it truly is a way of thinking.

Bad things happen, everyone knows that, they are an inevitability, not only because it is the bad things that happen that we use as a barometer by which to define the good things, but because literally it is an inevitability specifically because bad things just happen. They do. No matter how hard we work to try to stop bad things from happening, bad things will still happen.

This is why being positive truly…


The oceans have dried up — to survive everyone has to work twenty-four seven the only downtime a few hours in the library

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Wow, what a blast of heat, heaven help me the sun was already starting to rise. If I took the underground route I would never make it into the library in time. And I had to make it in time, even now all I could do was dream of my yacht drifting on the horizon, the storm clouds brewing overhead. I was a woman at sea, but only if I made it in time.

I started hurrying along the sand road making certain to hug the buildings as I did so. They were all super tall providing great cover from…


If your social media is full of negativity, this is what to do — and it does not delete

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Social media can be a brilliant place, it can also be an unbelievably powerful source of negativity. The question is what to do if your social media is the latter?

The conventional answer people give is to delete it, but I think there is a better option, and that is learning how to make your social media work for you.

The way to do this is by firstly identifying whether your social media accounts are sources of negative energy, and then secondly if they are changing how you use the platforms to transform them into places of positive energy.

I…

David Graham

Due to injury I write using voice dictation software. Lover of psychology, science’y things, movies, fiction & self-improvement. https://linktr.ee/DavidGraham86

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