These comments from strangers might just be what you need right now

Published November 17, 2020, 10:43 PM

by Rom Mallick

How scrolling through the comments section restored my faith in humanity

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I stumbled upon the comments section of a post online. No, it’s not on Facebook, where comments sections are often riddled with bickering buffoons trying to prove their opinion is better than everyone else. No, it’s not on Twitter, where convoluted threads often feel contrived. Neither is it on Instagram where comments are often left to the most used emojis. 

I stumbled upon the comments section of a post on YouTube. It’s not one of those videos that get at least a million views, although it did have hundreds of thousands. It’s not one of those videos that share the latest gossip over a celebrity or the latest K-pop idols or the latest gadget out there. 

It’s a video for helping people sleep. One night, while waiting for my phone’s OS to finish updating to 14.2, I decided to check YouTube for “sleep music,” thinking I would find one of those perpetually streaming lo-fi music videos. There was that, sure. But there were also a bunch of other posts. I started clicking one and then another. While listening to the calming music of one of these videos, and still waiting for my phone’s OS to update to 14.2, I found myself scrolling through the comments section. 

There, I was caught unprepared. 

I found some of the nicest and most poignant words strangers have ever exchanged with one another. Let me share some of these comments here.

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Right now, there are people all over the world who are just like you. They’re either lonely, they’re missing somebody, they’re depressed, they’re hurt, they’re scarred from the past, they’re having personal issues no one knows about, they have secrets you wouldn’t believe. They wish, they dream and they hope. And right now, they are sitting here reading these words, and I’m writing this for you so you don’t feel alone anymore. Always remember, don’t be depressed about the past, don’t worry about the future, and just focus on today. If today’s not so great don’t worry! Tomorrow’s a new chance. If you are reading this, be sure to share this around to make others feel better. Have a nice day

From Chinese Relax Music

Everyone who sees this: You’re beautiful, and never give up [on] your dreams, you are on this world for a reason!  

From Fitness Foodie

[I]f you read this, doesn’t matter where you are right now on this planet, I wish you a wonderful night and a happy peaceful life where all your dreams become true. ?❤ Wishing you this from Belgium

From Soothing Relaxation (BMG)

To you stranger I will most probably never meet… I hope you have a good night and rest, love from France?? 

From Matheo Alexandre

Just know you are loved, things do get better and you will be better. Learn to let go and become what you we’re always supposed to be, the light

From Juice Z

I usually come to this comment section whenever [I] feel low and sad. It’s amazing how a stranger from thousands of miles away can make my heart smile.. can make my heart fill with warmth. It’s such a big blessing. I want to commit to reading this comment section everyday in the morning when [I] wake up. Wish me luck guys. I love you all. From the bottom of my heart

From Hassan Zaid

The comment section made me break down to tears knowing that I have been stress lately and having panic attacks at night due to my anxiety. This made me feel better.

From yumii loo

Every1 who’s reading this: Never give up! Be a warrior. Love you all <3

From Santos Oli

I just failed at something, I was working really hard on. Anxiety is not letting me sleep! But I will get through this! I will fail but I will not stop trying❤️ lots of love and strength to anyone reading this! I wish you good health and a lot of positivity in life❤️

From Aanchal Singh

If your reading this everything will be okay. It’s ok to cry. you will get the love you deserve. You are not damaged. God loves you , I love you ❤️

From Tee Ya

[I] want friends like the people in these comments; so kind and pure.

From Maddie G.

Remember, it’s just a bad day, not a bad life.

From minimoonie

 
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