The recent rise in conversation about depression has been encouraging. Though I am NOT happy that the increase has come from more people taking their lives because of the impact of this disease. The acknowledgement that depression is a disease is encouraging.
Depression is an a chemical state in the brain. Depression is not just a mood, or a feeling that passes.
Depression is something special.
The word special is interesting. Because special detonates different, whether it's “good” or “bad”. Special denotes different, which denotes separate.
But what if that wasn't the way it was meant to be? What if specialness was not something to be ignored, or sought after? What if the things we detonate as special were just decoration in the fabric of our lives, and not the fabric itself?
What I mean by this is what would it be like for specialness not to define us? What if the idea is that we’re all special, so being special doesn’t separate us from each other but it’s actually what brings us together.
We’re all special...Together. So let's celebrate.
Perhaps if we celebrated our own specialness, and each other’s, we wouldn’t marginalize mental illness? Maybe we wouldn’t treat outward diseases more seriously than ones that metastasize on the inside, like depression? If we embraced that we’re all special, maybe more people would seek treatment for their special ailments?
Honestly I don’t know what the outcome would be of shifting how we view specialness. What I do know is that I’m willing to give this a shot in my own life because I'm committed to embracing all parts of me, and you.
I’m willing to not judge and to accept my special qualities. And I am VERY excited to do the same with your specialness! Because I’m willing to do whatever it takes to end the facade that we’re separate from each other.
Will you join me?
We are all very special people. May we use our specialness to un-separate us!