“Depression is humiliating. It turns intelligent, kind people into zombies who can’t wash a dish or change their socks. It affects the ability to think clearly, to feel anything, to ascribe value to your children, your lifelong passions, your relative good fortune. It scoops out your normal healthy ability to cope with bad days and bad news, and replaces it with an unrecognizable sludge that finds no pleasure, no delight, no point in anything outside of bed. You alienate your friends because you can’t comport yourself socially, you risk your job because you can’t concentrate, you live in moderate squalor because you have no energy to stand up, let alone take out the garbage. You become pathetic and you know it. And you have no capacity to stop the downward plunge. You have no perspective, no emotional reserves, no faith that it will get better. So you feel guilty and ashamed of your inability to deal with life like a regular human, which exacerbates the depression and the isolation.
Depression is humiliating.
If you’ve never been depressed, thank your lucky stars and back off the folks who take a pill so they can make eye contact with the grocery store cashier. No one on earth would choose the nightmare of depression over an averagely turbulent normal life.
It’s not an incapacity to cope with day to day living in the modern world. It’s an incapacity to function. At all. If you and your loved ones have been spared, every blessing to you. If depression has taken root in you or your loved ones, every blessing to you, too.
Depression is humiliating.
No one chooses it. No one deserves it. It runs in families, it ruins families. You cannot imagine what it takes to feign normalcy, to show up to work, to make a dentist appointment, to pay bills, to walk your dog, to return library books on time, to keep enough toilet paper on hand, when you are exerting most of your capacity on trying not to kill yourself. Depression is real. Just because you’ve never had it doesn’t make it imaginary. Compassion is also real. And a depressed person may cling desperately to it until they are out of the woods and they may remember your compassion for the rest of their lives as a force greater than their depression. Have a heart. Judge not lest ye be judged.”—Pearl (via sherunsfromdarkness)
Yep, I’m going to finally admit that I have too much tea. So I’m going to give away five lots of tea. These will include a combination of:
Twinings Blossom Earl Grey
Twinings Lavender Earl Grey
Twinings Jasmine Earl Grey
Twinings Wedding Blend (Bergamot and Rose white tea)
Twinings English Breakfast
Twinings Lady Grey
Twinings Blackcurrent, Ginseng and Vanilla
Twinings African Honeybush and lavander
Lemon Green tea
Blueberry and Acai tea
Wittards Strawberry Rooibos
And pure green tea.
Note that I said a combination; I don’t have enough of all of them to go in each packet, so I’ll contact the winners to see if there’s any that they definitely want to try or know that they don’t like. I’ll include instructions on how to prepare all of them!
Your ask box must be open, because I’ll contact you that way.
You don’t have to be following me
Please don’t spam. If someone you follow is spamming this, send me a ask and if they’ve posted it more than five times I’ll put them on a blacklist
Obviously you must be willing to give me your address, but I’ll ship world wide
I’ll pick the winner by a random number generator on 30th April 2012
And I think that’s it! Send me an ask if you want clarification on this, I’m pretty casual about the whole thing, I just want to share the tea love!