Big Black Hole

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I am devastated by the death of Robin Williams. He was a talent whose genius has inspired me in so many ways. There are memories from my life that will forever be tied to his work, making his loss feel strangely personal. But his death, maybe more importantly, reminds me of the dozens of lives lost to suicide every day in the United States alone. It reminds me of the many, many more who do not succeed but felt that their only option was to try.

I’ve witnessed the pain, chaos and heartache that comes with manic depression (which Robin Williams openly admitted to being treated for) and clinical depression. I’ve seen the impact not just on the person who is suffering from the disease, but the people around them. I know the shock and the questions that can never be answered by a family touched by suicide when someone suffering from one of these illnesses feels that they’ve fallen in to a big black hole and that there is no hope for getting out.

That’s how I’ve heard depression described most often, a big black hole that swallows you up and there seems to be no way out of. A pit filled with despair and pain. There is no hope and no light. The only thing you can hear is the little voice inside you telling you how worthless you are, how hopeless the situation is, and sometimes how much better everyone else would be without you.

Depression lies. It twists the truth and makes you feel you don’t belong with the people that love you. Depression lies. You may not have as many Twitter followers as Robin Williams, but that doesn’t mean that you are any less important or any less loved by the people in your life.

If you, or someone you know, needs help PLEASE get it. Call a hotline. Visit a website. Talk to someone. You are so valuable. The world will be darker without your light.

You are stronger than you image and braver than you believe.

I know this is different from what I usually post, and very different from what I had planned to post today. Let’s just say this was one of those things I just couldn’t help but write. Back to the usual nonsense next time.

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Lorie’s List for 11/08/2013

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This week has really flown by! A freelance project I’ve waited on finally came along and with NaNoWriMo in full swing I’ve been eyeballs deep in my computer all week! (On a side note, I’m behind in my word count for NaNoWriMo, but I’m alright with that – thanks to carving out time and focusing I’m not too far off the pace.) I did manage to dig up a few  (probably) random, (rarely) newsworthy and on (nearly every) occasion strange or unique stories, Maybe you’ll find something to share with your aunt during sewing circle this weekend.

  • A German shepherd is a baby’s best friend. At least, it is for one baby in Great Britain. A man and his dog were walking in a park when the dog was attracted to something in a bush. The man was expecting to find some sort of small game, maybe some abandoned kittens. He wasn’t expecting a new-born!
  • They call it a prank. I call it awesome. See what happens when 3 guys get into their buddy’s pizza shop after hours as part of prank involving 30 pizzas and the homeless.  
  • The skinny on a new World’s Record. 805 people in Bal Harbour, Florida took off their clothes and took to the water to take their place in the Guiness Book of World’s Record to break the skinny-dipping record. Event officials are preparing the official paperwork as well “video footage and high-quality color photographs” for Guinness officials – video and photos have not been made available. (Considering that the people skinny-dipping are usually not the ones you want to see skinny-dipping, no one is complaining.)

I’d love to hear from any NaNoWriMo folks out there about how things are going. Leave a comment below and share how week one has treated you.

If you have any ideas or if you’d like to Guest Write The List, I would love to hear from you! Send me a note here and we’ll get you on the blog!

Have a great weekend everyone!