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Zelda Williams' Statement about Depression

I read on social media today that Zelda Williams, the daughter of funny-man, Robin Williams, made a 'powerful' statement about mental illness.

I did not find the statement any more powerful than what someone would have said to me or others who are/may be suffering from mental illness. It should be the norm. It is 'us', human beings, who have decided to make statements like these 'powerful'. It is because we think it is 'abnormal' to be suffering from depression that makes these statements unnecessary 'powerful'.

In my personal opinion, a whole lot of people have suffered from depression and mental illness at one point in their lives.

The first time you got dumped. The first loss of a friend or family. The time you lost your job. The time your friend snubbed you. The time you quarreled with your best-friend. The time when someone misunderstood you. The time a relative called you a 'bitch' or 'slut'. The time when you got into an accident. The time you got drunk for 8 days in a row because you were trying to fit in. The time you flunk your drivers license for the third time.

Whatever the situation was, we have been there. If you have not, then congratulations, I wish I were you. Maybe not.

Truth is, life is hard too, for me, because trying to raise two kids on my own is bloody hard and I had Xanax in my pocket. When they were young and a friend committed suicide, I thought I was close to the edge too.

I am not ashamed to admit this because....a lot of people's been there. A lot more than those who admitted so. Why hide? Because people think you are crazy? It is NOT crazy, it is human.

The moment we stop judging others and ourselves for being human is the day that we see all the troubles in our lives and go 'Ahhhh....I see....that was hard' and think to ourselves, 'Today was tough, I am going to take a nap and maybe I will feel better' instead of seeing all the judgement people throw your way.

Nothing is permanent in life, sadness included.

I hope to see the day that Zelda Williams' words is a sort of 'encouragement' instead of 'powerful statement'. It is akin to reaching out to hold your friend's hand saying 'It's OK'.

Have a fab Monday!
XOXO,
Marsha

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