As a follow-up to yesterday’s post asking Why do you write? today I want to ask another question:

Why do you NOT write?

This and That

Going a bit off-topic from the blog series, I am preparing to spend a few days at my childhood home in South Dakota to help my father and uncle celebrate their birthdays, which are on consecutive days. Here is a view to the west of my family’s farm:

Farm

The landscape with its expansive space will always be a part of me (and a reason why I write, although I can’t quite articulate why… yet).

“Real depression isn’t being sad when something in your life goes wrong. Real depression is being sad when everything in your life is going right.” Kevin Breel

Finally, like so many others, I am deeply saddened at the news of Robin Williams’s death, for many reasons, including the fact that my husband and I went on our very first date in 1986 to a Robin Williams concert. For anyone who battles or knows someone who battles depression (and that is probably every one of us), the best I can offer are these words from comic Kevin Breel (video below):

“Depression is okay. If you’re going through it, know that you’re okay. And know that you’re sick, you’re not weak, and it’s an issue, not an identity, because when you get past the fear and the ridicule and the judgment and the stigma of others, you can see depression for what it really is, and that’s just a part of life, just a part of life, and as much as I hate, as much as I hate some of the places, some of the parts of my life depression has dragged me down to, in a lot of ways I’m grateful for it. Because yeah, it’s put me in the valleys, but only to show me there’s peaks, and yeah it’s dragged me through the dark but only to remind me there is light.

My pain, more than anything in 19 years on this planet, has given me perspective, and my hurt, my hurt has forced me to have hope, have hope and to have faith, faith in myself, faith in others, faith that it can get better, that we can change this, that we can speak up and speak out and fight back against ignorance, fight back against intolerance, and more than anything, learn to love ourselves, learn to accept ourselves for who we are, the people we are, not the people the world wants us to be. Because the world I believe in is one where embracing your light doesn’t mean ignoring your dark.” ~ Kevin Breel [emphases added]