I was sitting at home watching comedy central the other night when a commercial caught my attention. This lovely classical music started playing and a nice looking young woman was walking around her house with a cup of coffee in her hands looking sad. Then the narrator asked a really philosophical question. She asked “Where does depression hurt?”
For a moment I sat there with a really dumb look on my face. I didn’t even know that depression caused pain. I just thought, you know, you were really, really sad. The narrator then went on to tell me that depression hurts everything. The lady with the cup couldn’t even find peace at the grocery store.
I was like man she doesn’t even like food. That’s messed up. The part that really got to me is that near the middle of the commercial she grabbed her lower back when the narrator asked again “Where does depression hurt?” I thought to myself, “Crap, I am having the same back pains. I must be depressed.”
By the end of the commercial I felt relieved because the narrator told me there is hope. For the price of a small piece of land on the moon I could take a pill that would take away all of my pain, because depression hurts, and give me tons of side effects worse than my depression. I thought I was watching South Park who knew I was going to get a diagnosis and a remedy during the commercial break.
Now I have nothing against marketers. I think they are some of the most brilliant minds on the planet. If you don’t believe me watch this. Whose slogan is this, “We love to see you smile” or “Just do it”? I think that stuff is carved into my brain. It’s in yours too. Don’t try to deny it. But, I will have to venture out there and say that they can’t diagnose me through a television screen.
So, if you are struggling with the issues that life is throwing at you. If you feel lost, depressed, and all alone there are people out there who would love to help. I would love to help. My first piece of advice to you is turn off the TV. I was completely fine until I saw that commercial. 🙂
You are not alone. We are here to help. We just don’t write this stuff because we don’t have anything else to do. We write to strike a spark and hopefully start a fire that can change your life.