4 Replies to “The Thin Black Line”

  1. Thank you so much for having the courage to write that. As a fellow depression sufferer I couldn’t have put it better myself and applaud you for putting into words what many of us feel.

  2. Something that a lot of people just don’t understand is that, a lot of the time, Depression isn’t often just something that one can “get” and then “get over” after a little while with medication or meditation – quite often it’s a long-term or “for life” kinda deal, something that people need to learn to live with and deal with and integrate in order to merely survive, if not thrive.

    I’ve been quite open about my depression over the years, having been so since an early teen. Having identified the root cause, having worked with counsellors and tried various things have only ever softened its blows…for a time, before it comes crashing back in uninvited at times I (often) least expect.

    As you say, it isn’t something that just slaps you down and makes you incapable of functioning. Often it can be a huge motivator for you to bring your A Game and really excel at life, but it is something that is there and cannot be denied.

    I feel like I’m right there with you on that tightrope, especially recently after a whole bunch of converging life events trying to drag me down, and it would be just so easy to surrender to the despair lurking in the shadows beneath my feet. But, as someone with depression would know, to do so is the most undesirable option and as long as there’s fight left, that’s the path I’ll take.

    Thanks for sharing this post, it’s really well constructed and I think a lot of people should read it to get a bit of a glimpse into our lives, into how we think.

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