The Comfort of Depression

Sounds confusing right? When is depression ever comfortable? Well trust me, I have discovered over the course of many conversations with various people that it is in fact a place of comfort.

I have dealt with my own fair share of depression, my own and that of those I have loved. You yourself have dealt with it as well, admit it, we all go through it at least once in our lives. But why is it that some people seem to recover rather quickly, while others battle for the rest of their lives? They battle for their lives, or do they?

If we all took a moment and truly evaluated our lives I think we could all find that we have at least one thing to be thankful for in life. How about the fact that we have the gift of life? Sure, we’ve gone through hard times, we’ve made mistakes, but everyone does. It is essential to our existence and growth to have those experiences. But when they happen we have to remember that it was only a moment. A simple blip on the radar of our entire life. We have to learn from it and move on, not let it hold us prisoner.

Believe me, I have had upset and hurt, love and loss, and certainly mistakes that I am not proud of. But they happened, they happen to all of us in some way, shape or form. And when did they happen? At the brink of pure bliss and happiness right? You were soaring on cloud nine when a forceful, blistering wind sent you plunging to the ground. And that is where depression becomes comfortable.

Depression is safe because you know what to expect, you know the darkness will always be there for you. But happiness, happiness is terrifying because at any given moment it could be ripped away from you, no warning, no ability to stop it, just gone. But depression is always there…dark, consistent and never failing.

But you must get back up. You must carry on. Start over if you must, forgive if you must (especially yourself) but get up! Press forward because your dreams are still out there. They may be presented to you in a vision you never once saw, but open your eyes and you will see. You have so much to be thankful for, and could even have so much more, but if you are too afraid to step out of the comfort zone of your depression you will forever be shrouded in blackness.

Live! Love! Laugh! It will be ok!!


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Greetings! I guess you're here to find out who I am...looks like we're in the same boat. I have been writing poetry since I was 16, not because I thought it was a "cool thing to do", but because if I didn't my head would have exploded. With a multitude of words billowing through my brain, I had no other choice but to let them out. Some have been funny, many have been sad, but mostly, they've been guideposts. Unfortunately, I do not write as much as I would like to, but I hope to rectify that. Aside from poetry, I dabble in novel-writing. I have many ideas jotted down, some of them I've started, and maybe one day I will actually get one finished (if I just didn't have to worry about working, paying bills, and simple basic survival). I spend a lot of my time supporting my kids dreams. My daughter is a musician, and my son is an athlete, so between music gigs and school sporting events, my time is pretty much consumed...but I love every single moment of it!! I am also passionate about environmental issues; always looking for ways to lend a hand. Currently, I have an Etsy shop where I sell crocheted items that I have personally made. A portion of the proceeds are going to be donated to two of my favorite charities; Mission Blue and Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. You can learn more at Other than that, I love to travel! I hope to see as much of the world as possible. There is so much more out there than just where we are, and I feel it is a gift that we should not take for granted. Once upon a time I was a runner (though some may have called it jogging with enthusiasm), but my Achilles decided it didn't like that anymore so now we walk. I'm beginning to venture into yoga, which so far has been a pleasant experience, and if time will permit, I would like to start doing some hiking. I also love music and going to concerts, coffee is my best friend, and over thinking is my worst enemy. So that's pretty much me in a nutshell. Nothing too fancy or exciting, just a 40-something still trying to figure it all out. I hope you enjoy my ramblings. g. P. S. Remember, "Agree to disagree, for not one person is ever truly right."

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