This blog post will be heavy, and a tad preachy. My apologies. You have been warned.
When Robin Williams was reported dead yesterday, it was saddening news. I think I used the word ‘shellshocked’ when I tweeted my condolences. What happened next was a very large number of tweets showing up on my timeline with regards to depression. In hindsight, it wasn’t surprising. While stereotypical, there is truth behind the idea that artistic types (actors, musicians, comedians, etc.) suffer from depression.
It can be a difficult dialogue to address. Those with depression may be dealing with feelings of shame and unworthiness, and those feelings alone can be crippling and detrimental to honest discussion. It doesn’t help that we all remain in constant judgment of one another. But I think as we progress forward, it’s an important dialogue to have, primarily because I want people to find help. I want people with depression to seek help, and let them know that they’re not alone. It’s not quite at the same level as full-fledged depression, but I do know what it’s like to feel like an outsider, an outcast, a freak of nature, just plain different from everyone around me. It’s uncomfortable, nerve-wracking, and no pun intended, depressing. So I can only imagine what those with severe depression go through. There are over seven billion people on this planet. Seven billion unique people who think uniquely, feel uniquely, express themselves uniquely. And in spite of all our differences you’re not alone. It’s okay to be different.
But it is important to seek help. There are a multitude of hotlines available. There are good therapists available. And bad ones too; it’s important to do your due diligence, do your homework and shop around. There are a multitude of resources available. Here’s a link to one of those many. Because you are worthy.
In each of us, there is a fount of strength you can draw from. Finding it, taking care of it, nourishing it…it takes work and you need to hold yourself accountable. You may stumble, you may fall, and that’s perfectly fine. Get back up and keep going, because it is worthwhile. And you can do it, absolutely. You are worthy.
We all have beautiful souls. We can all be beautiful people. We are all worthy of being happy. Everyone on this planet is worthy of happiness, love, and life; becoming the person that believes in that will be a lifetime of practice, but it’ll be worth it. Take it one day at a time, and before you know it, you’ll be in a better place then you were before.
Let’s end this on a hopeful note. While it was a polarizing movie for many, it honestly had top notch music. Let the music wash over you, and try to understand the feelings it invokes. Inspiration. Hope. Kal-El / Clark Kent / Superman taking flight for the first time from Man of Steel. He stumbled and fell, and he got right back up and tried again.
It’s your turn. Take flight. You are worthy.