I just got done watching the movie "The Beaver?" Have you seen it? It is a quirky and interesting movie starring Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster and some others. The basic premise of the movie is that a highly depressed CEO (Mel Gibson) finds help and motivation from a beaver puppet through which he communicates to the world. I know, kind of weird. But it is actually a pretty good movie. One of the big takeaways from the movie is the idea that what if everything isn't going to be okay? Meaning, some of us may always struggle with depression or other mental illnesses. It may just be in our DNA and there is nothing we can do it about that. The good news is, however, you don't have to struggle alone. If you have people who love you in your life, you'll be okay as they can help you through the hard times.
Do I 100% agree with this analysis? I don't know. Honestly, I often wonder the exact same thing. Maybe we are predisposed to what our mental health will be for the rest of our lives. But one thing I do know is that there is still something we can do about it. We can fight. Everyday we can get up and decide to fight for ourselves, fight for our mental health, fight for positivity in our lives. We still have the freedom of choice and we can choose how we want to feel everyday. Maybe happiness comes easier to some than others, that may be true. But we all have the opportunity to choose the pursuit of joy, peace and contentment. That much I do know.
I also totally agree with the movie that we don't have to do it alone. We are surrounded by loving, caring humans who believe in us. Even when we don't believe in ourselves. We need to embrace these relationships with our friends, families, co-workers and even casual acquaintances. And if we don't have enough of these loving people in our lives, then it is our duty to go out and find them. They are there you just have to go out and create relationships with them. I have certainly had times in my life where I felt alone and I felt like loneliness was my destiny. But then I realized that was a lie I was telling myself. I deserve to be happy. I deserve to have loving relationships. All I have to do is get up, go out, find these people and get them in my life. And what do you know, it turns out I wasn't alone after all!
The bottom line is even if we struggle with depression, we still can find happiness. Get up and choose to pursue happiness. Embrace the love that is all around you. And most importantly, never stop fighting. As long as we never give up fighting, we win!
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