Friday, February 26, 2010

This To Shall Pass on the Finally Friday Freakout

I can count the number of times I have recommended a marching band rendition of a song. This would be a first. But any music video that has a token homage to Swamp Thing is jake with me. And yeah, give the fellas .99 cents cuz this does have medicinal qualities.

I just got finished reading Taddy's post about someone who was mistaken in their belief they had no value. Then he linked to a damn fine post by Jennifer Michale Hecht about two other folks taking the deep six plunge and she is imploring people not to leave ahead of their time.

I want to put in my two cents but I can't sing. You wouldn't want me too either. I leave this to OK Go and the Notre Dame Marching Band.

OK Go - This Too Shall Pass from OK Go on Vimeo.

Where was I? Oh, yeah. Poets, hell no - defy tradition.

Writers - are you kidding me? You don't even have to write; transcribing the idiocy and wackiness of these times will keep you in gravy for years to come. You do have to remember to come up for air. Exercise. Talking to real people who are not afraid of human to human speech is good. Veggies, eat more veggies.

Creators - see above.

Those that have people that love them beyond measure and/or those same people are under 21 years of age. Not an option for you and you know it.

And no, you can't take them with you.

People who think that there is no one that loves them or could love them. I would say that you haven't met the person yet. Hang on, hear me out. You might never meet that person until you love the one within yourself.

If you loved yourself, you wouldn't want you to come to any harm. See how this works? Yes, the pain can be great but love is greater than pain. If you can love enough until you find someone one that can help you deal with the pain that is all that anybody can ask of you.

Hang on until you find the help that you need.

Depression is a powerful hateful monster. You might not be able to do this yourself. Counseling, watching the entire series of Babylon5 or a road trip far, far away from home could give you the space to find and embrace your spirit.

Let me be blunt; this is not the time to go. The ding-a-lings and non-thinkers are gaining traction because those with half a lick of brain are getting disappointed and downhearted.

If you can read a book, paper or electronic, you can't go. Seriously. We need all the cognitively functioning people we can get.

This is the front seat of the roller coaster of life. Yell, laugh or move forward peeping out from time to time behind your hands. Hold on to the bar babe, this too shall pass.


  1. Thoughtful, perceptive, and (I hope) helpful advice that will reach someone who needs it. I've been incensed lately by media "attacks" on depression--from the value of medications to the very existence of depression itself. I've launched one diatribe against such stupidity and there'll be more, but the articles keep turning up (Time, NYTimes, etc.). Suicide is permanent sorrow and horror for the people left behind (yep, the very ones who "don't care"). It's also contagious in that people who know one or more folks who have suicided are more likely to do so themselves. Don't be a carrier.

  2. Not sure what is going on but I just heard about person young person committing suicide.

    I think it has to do partly with the pill culture. On the one hand we as a society feel justified in medicating a hang nail. It is something that we can see and observe.

    Mental pain somehow isn't legitimate to most people. Clinical depression can be bio-chemical. You cannot think your way out.

    Yet many people will not seek treatment of profound deep mental pain.

    We have this tragic boot strap loop about sucking it up and getting on with life.

    Fight the contagion one blog post at a time.