I’ve been catching up a bit on my backlogged blog reading, and have discovered a disturbing trend: Lots of us seem to be sick or suffering financial/career setbacks, witnessing a loved one’s illness, or otherwise getting trounced on by the fickle Fates.
I don’t normally share much in the way of the Personal; I try to blog about books, literature and the writing life. But, given the general malaise out there and given how everyone rallied around me at my low point last week, I wanted to share something that might encourage others.
Old LK here has suffered from severe depression for many, many years. After lots of hard work (and expensive therapy, which is probably one reason I can’t afford a house), I am managing it. (Though I do have my troughs, especially in the fall.) So, though I don’t have much experience in much else, I do believe I can impart some lessons I’ve learned from dealing with the Big D: 1) whatever awfulness is happening will pass 2) whatever awfulness is happening, we’re alive, and that beats the alternative. And, without getting too kooky-spooky here, I believe one of our jobs on earth is to find meaning in suffering. Even when it seems especially meaningless. Maybe especially then.
Anyway, let’s all put our collective vibes to thank the Universe for being able to see the sun rise today and look forward to starting with a clean slate tomorrow. That’s my first and last saccharine sermon. Amen.
Now, if you’re an American: Go vote!