Find the things that love you.

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“Maybe that’s the lesson for me today, to hold onto these simple moments – appreciate them a little more, there’s not many of them left. I don’t ever want that for you, finding things that make you happy shouldn’t be so hard. I know you’ll face pain, suffering, hard choices but you can’t let the weight of it choke the joy out of your life. No matter what, you have to find the things that love you. Run to them. There’s an old saying – that which doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, I don’t believe that. I think the things that try to kill you make you angry and sad. Strength comes from the good things, your family, your friends, the satisfaction of hard work. Those are the things that will keep you whole, those are the things to hold onto when you’re broken.”

           Jax, Sons of Anarchy

I hope your Monday isn’t mean to you and that you got enough of “the good stuff” on the weekend to get you through your work week.

Today was good.

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Dr. Seuss said some awesome stuff in very silly ways, here are a few of my favourites:

“A person’s a person, no matter how small.”

“It is fun to have fun. But you have to know how.”

“He who makes a beast out of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man.”

“Being crazy isn’t enough.”

“Oh, the things you can find if you don’t stay behind!”

“Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.”

“Things may happen and often do to people as brainy and footsy as you.”

“Everything stinks till it’s finished.”

“ASAP. Whatever that means. It must mean, ‘Act swiftly awesome pacyderm!”

“So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.”

 

 

I don’t know ANY.

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But, “Dissatisfaction is a symbol of ambition” (Mad Men, Season 5) So the cliche of the perpetually tortured artist isn’t necessarily a symptom but a function of creativity. You get better when you’re unhappy, and if you’re not happy then you get even “more better” (as my two favourite students would say).

It’s okay.

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It’s no secret that I’ve had a pretty rough time lately, and that I haven’t always handled it with poise and grace. But through it all I’ve figured out that pain demands to be felt, and you have to prepare for that. People who suffer from depression often feel guilty for feeling the way they do, which is a seriously destructive vicious circle. Friends and loved ones don’t always understand, and sometimes you trust the wrong people, which could leave you feeling devastated and very lonely. So here’s a bunch of stuff you don’t have to feel guilty about. If you haven’t gotten out of bed in a day, think of me in the ladies’ room stuffing my face with chocolates from my handbag, and know that you’re not alone. If you ease up on yourself, I promise you, you’ll be up and in your underwear in no time! And one day I might even be able to leave the house without a pedophile’s supply of candy… Definitely not today! But maybe tomorrow.

James Arthur’s single, Recovery, has become a source of strength for me and I would like to share it in the hope that if you’re feeling like shit as well, it will empower you as it has me. Just remember, someone somewhere is crying with you… And it’s probably me! 😉