Friday, September 16, 2016

This Depression

So Springsteen is talking about his life and last year he eluded to the fact that through his life he's suffered with depression.

By all accounts Bruce's had an unbelievable successful life with millions of people all over the world admiring his every move.

He has also remained relevant and productive in a high-profile career. He has a wife and three children.

And he spoke of the depression hitting him, out of nowhere, and lasting a year at a time. There were days when he couldn't lift himself out of bed.

Which is amazing given the energy that Springsteen shows when performing. He works tirelessly.

Perhaps to run from what he's feeling, evidently.

I've known people who have struggled with depression. I think we all know someone like that, but it's hard for most of us to imagine that millions and millions of dollars doesn't help.

But it doesn't.

Of course, Springsteen speaking out about it has not garnered him much sympathy. I made the mistake of reading the comment section that followed the article.

"Aww, poor rich guy is sad!"

"He's a liberal! That's why he's depressed!!"

Personally, I am actually a fairly optimistic person. I honestly don't get too far down in the dumps too often. Like everyone else there are moments, but there are so many wonderful things in life. There really are and while people who suffer with depression know that...they are unable to shake the dark cloud that hovers over them.

And then the clouds lift.

Bruce spoke of hiding it from his kids and needing his wife to get him through the darkest of days. He also spoke of his Dad suffering from it all of his life.

It most certainly makes me feel for people who battle such a disease.

Bruce put a song called "This Depression" on his Wrecking Ball record.

It's an almost painful song to imagine as the narrator is truly battling it.

Now we understand why.

Just hard to imagine that someone who brings so much joy suffers so badly.

Here's hoping that his speaking out about it helps a million people who have that cloud having over their heads.


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