Too late to delete, crap. Who am I to say whether another person has a "chemical imbalance" or not? What an asshole. I apologize. Know what helped me shift into this healthier, more grounded frame of mind? Going for a run.
I was in a relationship for 5 years with someone who was depressed. Much like kalikill he told me that he was not "fixable" and that I should just accept him the way he is. I did do my absolute best to embrace this attitude and just appreciate the good times which were few and far between. However, in the end it got to the point where he was just dragging me down and I had to end it. But I noticed a key thing that we do differently (I have trouble with depression myself). What I do to swing myself out of a depressed state is to use something that I call positive momentum. Yes sometimes I have that 3 a.m. "fuck you" feeling. okay a lot of times I have it. BUT. There are times when it is not as bad. I NOTICE these times and USE them. What I do with these times varies, (yes, sometimes it is yoga), but the most important thing is that I get my ass up out of bed and off the computer and out into the world. I lived with this guy, so I noticed when his "fuck you" feeling was not there or not as bad. And without fail, every damn time, he would out of habit just do the same old thing he always does, which is to lie around the house and look at his phone/computer. I could tell that there was variation in his mood just like there is variation in mine. He just refused to use his "less depressed" states to do anything positive because it "felt weird" or "wasn't what he was used to". In the end, he actually came right out and told me that. That depression was just a part of who he was, and that he didn't WANT to change. And now, here I am dealing with a depression of my own that is much worse than anything I have ever experienced, and I am having a hell of a time swinging myself out of it. Because the person I loved most, the person who made me happiest, chose depression over me. It really sucks. Fuck you and your "chemical imbalance that causes people to be utterly broken & dysfunctional". That's how he saw it too. If you tell yourself that, all you are doing is making it part of your identity. And why in the hell would you ever want to do something as out of character as getting your ass up off the couch and into the world. So there you go. You have made your bed and you are going to lie in it. It is a choice, not one that you make in a single moment, but one that you make over and over again.
Thanks Richard you are absolutely correct. People who block a legitimate lane in this manner are actually creating a huge hazard. I cannot count the number of head-on collisions narrowly avoided that I have witnessed due to self-righteous drivers blocking up the open left lane on the St. Johns bridge approach at rush hour. It happens every day, someone gets the grand idea that they are going to be the "traffic equalizer", and blocks up the open left lane, causing the drivers behind to become frustrated to the point of crossing the double yellow line (and into oncoming traffic that has the distinct advantage of GRAVITY, and also has NOWHERE ELSE TO GO, since there is only one lane coming down). Sure these people are idiots to attempt to pass in this way. But would anyone really be laughing about it when one of those idiots is splattered all over the road, along with perhaps your wife/husband/kid who was heading down the hill into Portland and couldn't stop in time to avoid the collision?
All that aside, the concept of "saluting" someone for inspiring road rage is idiotic to say the least. Road rage kills. People LITERALLY DIE because of it. every day. So what if you think you're "right"? Do you really want to kill innocent people for it? If you just can't deal with traffic passing you on the left, then guess what. you can stay in the left lane. and save us all some time as described above. :)
Dear Occupy Portland:
Really? Really? you think BANKS are the problem? You had a real chance today to make a real statement. and your statement was: "Banks bad, credit unions good?" Sure this is true enough on a base level but it is in no way the SOURCE of the problem. The whole problem is that you are the 99%, right? and they are the 1%? Well why don't you instead direct your anger at the politicians that are allowing the banks to get away with this? It makes way more sense to blame the court that failed to prosecute than to blame the criminal. We need to GET THE MONEY OUT OF POLITICS by making it illegal, perhaps even unconstitutional, for private interest groups to contribute huge sums to any political campaign. If you had marched on that premise, I might have joined you. Instead I just laughed at your dumb asses getting arrested and pepper sprayed. You want a fight? Well I can guarantee you the police will bring it. The next time, how about making it for something intelligent and worthwhile?
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