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Depression and love

[personal profile] maevele said something awesome here:
"With my depression, there aren't so many things that give me joy, and I should be able to celebrate the shit out of the things that do. If I hate just about everything in the world, let me love what I do love hard and unrestrainedly. And even when we're teenagers, and allegedly immature enough to get away with enthusiasm, we start getting pressured to act cool, so we temper that enthusiasm so goddamn early. I'm done with it. No great art ever was made by dampening your love of anything. No great life was lived by pretending you didn't give a shit."
I want to make a fucking manifesto of this. (*ponders how to reduce it to a logo-sized or t-shirt-sized slogan*)

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mac_arthur_park
Apr. 11th, 2011 08:54 pm (UTC)
I would so buy one. Hell, a poster to put on my wall would do the trick, too.
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xiphias
Apr. 11th, 2011 09:17 pm (UTC)
The pull quote I'd use for a button or T-shirt is "If I hate just about everything in the world, let me love what I do love hard and unrestrainedly."
e4q
Apr. 12th, 2011 08:23 am (UTC)
there's nothing wrong with having something long on a t shirt.

as long as you don't mind people staring at you for ages while they read it.
autographedcat
Apr. 12th, 2011 04:49 pm (UTC)
Amen.

Mind if I quote it as well?
firecat
Apr. 12th, 2011 04:59 pm (UTC)
maevele says she is fine with linkage, and so am i.
bastette_joyce
Apr. 13th, 2011 08:02 am (UTC)
Yeah, I don't even feel like it's necessary to hate almost everything in the world to think that I should be able to love what I love, and to be as into what I love as I feel like being. Not to say that I haven't been that depressed, so that there's precious little to interest me. But there have been many times when I'm feeling pretty excited about a lot of stuff - but I keep thinking it's the wrong stuff. At least, I'm always wondering whether the amount of intense feeling I have for <obsession du jour> is inappropriate and somehow pathological. You know, misdirected "normal" feelings, where I don't seem able to direct my feelings toward "normal" targets, toward the appropriate things.

Well, I'm glad I just wrote that. Rereading it, I can see what a stupid idea it is. :) Why do I care whether my feelings are directed toward what some fictional person might say is the appropriate place for them?
firecat
Apr. 13th, 2011 08:07 am (UTC)
It's definitely not necessary to hate almost everything. But that part really spoke to me because I have had my enthusiasm dampened down for a long time, and suddenly rediscovered it. And I am feeling very determined about nurturing it right now, even if it's attached to stuff that many people don't appreciate.

Rereading it, I can see what a stupid idea it is. :) Why do I care whether my feelings are directed toward what some fictional person might say is the appropriate place for them?

Yes! That person isn't living inside your head, so why should they get a say?
demonspawnmom
Apr. 13th, 2011 01:51 pm (UTC)
Damn! That's a keeper!
prairierabbit
Apr. 15th, 2011 04:31 pm (UTC)
"No great art ever was made by dampening your love of anything." I'd love that on a t-shirt, and on a tea mug. The whole thing is such a powerful reminder to focus on the pieces of life that excite us, even when they seem like a small part of the whole.
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