Being the random thoughts of Greg Tito, age 29.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

The Natural State

As I climb my way out of what I like to call My Six-Month Depression, I find that two of my closest friends are going through some serious issues and life changes. They are two very different people (understatement) but they seem to be expereiencing similar feelings of self-analysis and doubt. You know, general feeling like shit. It stems (and here I'm speaking about myself but i think it applies) from just getting old. From being 27 and wondering what there is to look forward to. There may be other issues on the surface (both of them are single while I am completely happy at all times with my marraige to Mephistopholes) but I think it boils down to the fact that we are not in high school anymore. Our failures and missteps are no longer learning experiences, to be used when we grow up, they're just failures.

I want to help. To tell both of them that it gets better. To keep on keeping on. But I realize my greeting card sentiments might not be what is needed. No one wants to hear that crap when they feel like crap. I didn't anyway. But the stupid thing is that it's true. It does get better.

Think about this way: what is the natural state for a human being to be in? Before we had all these complex emotions and careers and shit like that, we were animals looking for food. Humans didn't have time to be depressed or to feel bad about themselves because they would starve. Caveman Johnny didn't pine over lost chances or regrets, he just went out and got more food if a deer got away. The natural state is to be happy.

There has been a shift in our culture, where we exalt those who are depressed. Much of our music, art, tv, and film focuses on how "cool" it is to be depressed. I hate the movies that are just full of unhappy people who never make any struggle to change. It's not cool to self-medicate with legal or illegal drugs. There are definitely people who need medication, I'm not saying that people who take drugs are bad, but we don't need to ALL be on drugs. That is not the natural state.

Ok, I've gotten a little preachy. That's exactly what I wanted to avoid. Basically, all this can be summed up in something my Dad used to say to me when I was growing up. "Don't sweat the small stuff," he'd say when I skinned my knee or got in trouble at school. He amended it as I got older, "And it's all small stuff."

7 comments:

Rain Delay said...

Thanks man. We all have to go into the valley of despair in order to come out stronger on the other side.

MostlyModest said...

Actually your dad was saying "Don't sweat your small penis. And it's really small."

Ian Savage said...

I have mixed feelings about your post, first, that I am linked under "friends" instead of "closest" :(

But second, that you might have hit on some truths but also mis-interpreted some as well, from your opinion.

I shall think on this more specifically and perhaps post a reply blog on the matter.

Either way, it is good to read another's opinion and gets me thinking of how I am being perceived by others, how that affects others and how it affects myselk.....and others.

Bob Jingle said...

Thanks Rain Delay. That picture makes you look dang pretty.

@Modest: My penis is often small and it does sweat quite a bit.

@Savage: I can't wait to hear what you have to say, brotha. I was just offering my observations and something that has helped me when thinking about life. I was not perceiving you in any negative way at all as I was just recently feeling equally, if not more, like shit than you are now.

Rain Delay said...

I would love to see what each of you have to say in the form of another entry.. Jesus MEN hop to it.

spaceguy said...

OK, maybe this is cliche, but it has been said if you are not failing enough, you aren't doing anything. There is nothing wrong with making mistakes as long as you don't keep making the same ones.

OK, so having said that, why do I have such a hard time internalizing it? I live my own life under a rock, hiding from the world. At least you're out there taking risks.

Another thought...if school was easy for you, maybe you were surprised that in real life, things don't come as easily for you.

Bob Jingle said...

That last bit, Spaceguy, certainly rings true. I have realized that things don't come to those who sit on their ass and post on the web. I need to start doing things again.