“Humans might well be the only species to feel depression as we do, but that is simply because we are a remarkable species, one that has created remarkable things: civilisation, language, stories, love songs.”
With the noise and speed of modern life, how is it possible for us to stay alive and most important thing, to stay sane? How is it possible for a person to feel happy and depressed at the same time? Have you ever wondered why the most privileged public figure with all the wealth, easy access to life, even with the most beautiful mansion they live in sometimes could not stop them from wanting to kill themselves? Name it, from Robin Williams, Chester Bennington to the most shocking one (at least for me) Anthony Bourdain.
Coming from the first hand experience, Matt Haig tells us his personal story about overcoming his invisible pain: depression. In this 247 pages book, Haig tries to reasoning his fear, anxiety, the lost feeling and the dark space only he could see when the bad days attack. In this memoir, Haig wants to encourage those who has the similar experience to recognize its roots, stand tall for themselves (even most time feel impossible) and seek for help, be it from professionals or circle of supported friends and family.
People with mental health problem are part of a very large and growing group right now. And if you can find the consolation in this, many of the greatest and toughest people of all time have suffered from depression too. Depression is not something that defines us, it is simply something that happens to us. A human experience.
It’s a pretty light book with tons of encouragement you might need to read even if you claim you are from depression and anxiety. The book might help you get through the uncertainties of life, even to settle with the version of your own “normal life” and be totally calm about it.
“The world is increasingly designed to depress us. Happiness isn’t very good for the economy. If we were happy with what we had, why would we need more? To be calm becomes a kind of revolutionary act. To be happy with your own non-upgraded existence. To be comfortable with our messy, human selves, would not be good for business.” (p.181)