I read Howard's post just now and I think a lot of us out here in blogland understand where he's coming from. I'm sure, at one time or another, we've all been down in the "dumps", but as John at Of Brambles and Bears calls it the "Black Dog", if you're in depression it's tough to climb out.
I know because I've been there too, although it's not been as deep a depression as some have. It's still hard to get back to "normal".
I'm not writing this because I'm looking for help. I'm writing this because our friends need your support. Let them know you're there for them. If nothing else, send them jokes.
I've spend a lot of time recently working on my ancestry, but if you follow this blog, you already know that. If your family goes back any length of time, then you know that life expectancy in the 1700's & 1800's wasn't very long. Many of my relatives had multiple children (sometimes as many as 10 or 12) and only had one or two reach adulthood. That is a depressing thing to find out.
While I work on my ancestry I constantly listen to songs on YouTube. What does this have to do with depression, you ask? Once in a while I come across a song that lifts my spirits. Even if the lyrics aren't spirit lifting, sometimes the video itself is. Of course my focus is the music (being a Geezer) from the 50's, 60's and into the 70's.
A couple days ago I was listening and a song by the King came on. Cmon, Elvis Presley was the King of Rock and Roll. I'd like to share it with you, but you have to do a couple thing first.
1. Forget the lyrics and concentrate on just the music.
2. Forget that there are a bunch of cute girls dancing, just watch the energy they have. God knows it would kill us Geeszers.
3. Enjoy it.
So go here and listen. I guarantee it will lift your spirits.
Tomorrow I'm going fishing come hell or high water.