Seeing Deeper Well Versed (Signs of Depression)

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I was taking to the stage in a dingy pub in the city centre all those years ago, it was downstairs, and there were maybe 35-40 people in the room eager to be entertained by poetic verse, I wasn’t nervous, I had my ‘power suit’ on. The words I had honed for that night’s performance was a quasi hypnosis act.

A twenty minute piece that I had carefully honed, systematically practiced till I was I was blue in the face and actually started to believe what I was saying. Had I something worthwhile to say? Well when I came off stage to the whoops and applause unlike I had ever encountered in the year or so I had been attending these open mic poetry nights, I thought that maybe indeed I had.

The words were rhythmic, the words were hard, they were based around the essence of our minds, and our ability to cope with the everyday little bickering we encounter, just as a consequence of living really, but there was more to it. In fact there was much more, by going deep inside myself I had figured out a way to live without letting these little things get on top of us.

I had learned to see signs of depression in myself in the past and as a consequence in their overcoming I had somehow come out stronger. Going through bad things in our life and coming out at the other end with the issue resolved and behind us invariably makes us stronger human beings. I remember in the words of the performance pointing out that I am descended from gorilla kind, and that so too were the audience, some laughed, but it was one of those laughs that comes with self knowledge. This is something that we are quick to forget, I guess it is something that we don’t just wake up to awareness at 5-6-7 years of age and realise that we are animals. Our minds are somewhere else entirely; even during our secondary realisation of awareness usually in our early teens this point is not the one that hits us hard.

It is in our teens that we are most susceptible to signs of depression emerging in our lives, and I guess this would be my perfect market. In fact I took teens to book with my work on many occasions when I was performing, having somehow managed to convince school headmasters that by bringing poetry to life through performance that I could somehow help to advance the grades of students in the state exams on poetry related topics. In fact the poetry partner I took along with me was one of the audience members that night I first brought the house down with my ‘motivational hypnosis.’ Its words belie me now and I wish I hadn’t been one of those poets who committed his work to memory and then destroyed the evidence, as memories don’t last forever, well that’s not true but rote memory learning’s don’t last forever then.

If there was something I had to give in my work in helping people to overcome the signs of depression or the signs of weakness in their lives then I was happy about that, it gives me purpose, and with purpose comes a reason to be, and we all, even I, even you, need to find reasons for our being, whether we are 7, 14, 41 or 71 we need sometimes to reassess our place in this world, and ensure that our place is a worthwhile one. If not, then why not? And we need to go from there in making our very being a worthwhile one.

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