Immature love says: ‘I love you because I need you.’ Mature love says ‘I need you because I love you.Erich Fromm (via onlinecounsellingcollege)
If you know someone who’s depressed, please resolve never to ask them why. Depression isn’t a straightforward response to a bad situation; depression just is, like the weather.
Try to understand the blackness, lethargy, hopelessness, and loneliness they’re going through. Be there for them when they come through the other side. It’s hard to be a friend to someone who’s depressed, but it is one of the kindest, noblest, and best things you will ever do.Stephen Fry (via wordsnquotes)
There is no real security except for whatever you build inside yourself.Gilda Radner (via misswallflower)
As it is, we are merely bolting our lives—gulping down undigested experiences as fast as we can stuff them in—because awareness of our own existence is so superficial and so narrow that nothing seems to us more boring than simple being. If I ask you what you did, saw, heard, smelled, touched and tasted yesterday, I am likely to get nothing more than the thin, sketchy outline of the few things that you noticed, and of those only what you thought worth remembering. Is it surprising that an existence so experienced seems so empty and bare that its hunger for an infinite future is insatiable? But suppose you could answer, “It would take me forever to tell you, and I am much too interested in what’s happening now.” How is it possible that a being with such sensitive jewels as the eyes, such enchanted musical instruments as the ears, and such a fabulous arabesque of nerves as the brain can experience itself as anything less than a god? And, when you consider that this incalculably subtle organism is inseparable from the still more marvelous patterns of its environment—from the minutest electrical designs to the whole company of the galaxies—how is it conceivable that this incarnation of all eternity can be bored with being?Alan Watts, The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are (via inavigate)
Williams’ death has been reported the way cases like this are always reported: we’re told he was “battling” depression, that he’d “lost his fight.” It echoes the way we talk about other terminal illnesses — people die after “a long battle with cancer,” or after a “struggle with AIDS,” or whatever else. This is a comforting narrative, I guess — it casts these illnesses as things that you can fight, that you can maybe even vanquish if you fight hard enough.Robin Williams and the Myth of “Battling” Depression (via flavorpill)
Suicides go up every time a celebrity commits. If you’re thinking of committing, or even self harming yourself, please give these sites a look and numbers a call. We’ll feel for you, how we feel for them.