The Lazy Ramblings Of A Lazy Guy (On Being In The Blues)

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I was recently introduced to the Idle Thoughts Of An Idle Fellow by Jerome K Jerome. The book consists of 14 essays on 14 topics

  1. ON BEING IDLE.
  2. ON BEING IN LOVE.
  3. ON BEING IN THE BLUES.
  4. ON BEING HARD UP.
  5. ON VANITY AND VANITIES.
  6. ON GETTING ON IN THE WORLD.
  7. ON THE WEATHER.
  8. ON CATS AND DOGS.
  9. ON BEING SHY.
  10. ON BABIES.
  11. ON EATING AND DRINKING.
  12. ON FURNISHED APARTMENTS.
  13. ON DRESS AND DEPORTMENT.
  14. ON MEMORY.

Jerome K Jerome is pretty much me down to a tee. He’s lazy and just writes whatever comes to mind. He doesn’t care who he offends, and I often felt that he may have been somewhat high when he picked up the pen. But Mr Jerome has inspired me, so I am going to be writing a series of posts on the topics that Mr Jerome turned his hand at. (I know I’m ripping the guy off, but quite frankly I don’t care)

On Being In The Blues

Being in the blues is something that most people experience at one point or another throughout the course of their lives. Depression is one of the most deadly of illnesses, people will go for years without treatment and the disease will often consume you. It becomes an all encompassing thing that just swallows you until you cant take it anymore, its this black vampire that just sucks away at your very life, stealing your joy robbing you of the small pleasures until you don’t want to go on anymore.

There are many different ways to combat the dreaded demon depression, keeping busy, seeing friends and even medication, but admitting to yourself that you need help is the part that most people struggle with. I recently lost someone close to me, a younger sibling. And I will be honest its hit me hard, the five stages of grief have been prevalent in  my mind over the last few days. It makes me think that more needs to be done for the treatment of depression so that more and more people are not subjected to the emotional pain and suffering that my parents have been facing in losing a 19 year old child.

Depression is said to be anger turned inwards and I believe that to be true. Anger at the stupidity that is all around us, at the intolerance that there is in the world and at the injustice of existence. I was once asked what I have to be depressed about? My answer is that I was very upset about the imbalance in the levels serotonin and dopamine in my brain and was having just the hardest time getting over it. People say things like cheer up as if this will cure it all, but in fact this is about as useful as telling someone to walk off a broken leg.

Depression is something that I will likely spend my whole life battling and the blues are a part of life, and I suppose without them we would be without one of my favourite genres of music, but still I wish it were something I could click my fingers and just turn off.

This is the third in series of posts ripping off the work of Mr Jerome K Jerome and his seminal piece The Idle Thoughts Of An Idle Man.

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