Courage

Day 9:
3D Printing Baby Yoda Models instead of working
Watching: Person of Interest, Season 3, Episode 1

From Jenny Lawson:

https://thebloggess.com/2020/01/08/thanks-for-coming-to-my-ted-talk/

I read somewhere:

“Courage is not the absence of fear, it is the compliment of it. A man who is fearless cannot be courageous. (he is also a fool)”

I think it was a Robert Heinlein book, he’s exactly the person who would say exactly this kind of thing.

And I was thinking about Jenny’s act of courage, to get on a stage in front of a crowd of strangers and lay her soul bare – a brand of courage most of us will never know. Last time i got up on stage in front of people, my coworkers, involved actual projectile vomiting…

A man who is fearless cannot be courageous. Think about that for a second. Courage is doing what you know needs to be done DESPITE being afraid. The more afraid you are, the bigger the accomplishment your act is, the more courage you show.

Jenny Lawson, AKA “The Bloggess” is probably the most courageous person I know.. She gets out there, despite her fear, despite her anxiety, and helps people anyway.

I keep this handy because it reminds me that there is a reason I’m so exhausted all the time. I wake up every morning, I put on my pants (usually) I go downstairs, make my coffee, take the kids to school, settle down to work.

What *MOST* people consider normal takes every ounce of my being. I have resisted the urge to run like hell ten thousand times. Resisted the urge to just stay in bed and ignore my phone ten thousand more times. Plotted a hundred different ways of committing suicide that don’t involve triggering anything that would make the company that holds my life insurance suspicious (because the ONLY way my family gets to retire with any money left over is if I die before they do unfortunately.)

If you or someone you know deals with depression… Please keep this in mind. Talk *TO* them, not *AT* them. Be understanding. They may make plans and break them, they may seem like the biggest flakes on the planet… Give them a break.

Most people have ZERO understanding of what real depression looks or in fact feels like. You’re talking to someone who has the weight of the world on their shoulders.. And still manages to get the job done most days.

Also keep this number handy: 1-800-273-8255

http://suicidepreventionlifeline.org

It could save a life.

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