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Book quote: suicide

Sometimes, a little tiny bit of something I read or listen to sticks with me.

I’d like to share these bits with you. I haven’t decided if I’m going to ramble on about them or just leave them here for you to take or leave. Probably some of each, really.

Anyway.

Right now, I’m reading Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson, The Bloggess. She has mental health issues and writes about them very honestly. She’s a wonderful combination of hilarious and poignant. Not many books make me laugh out loud reading, but this one has quite a few times already, and I’m less than 100 pages in.

This bit stuck with me earlier this week, a succinct explanation for something that many people have written beautifully about.

“And when we see celebrities who fall victim to depression’s lies we think to ourselves, ‘How in the world could they have killed themselves? They had everything.’ But they didn’t. They didn’t have a cure for an illness that convinced them they were better off dead.”

Due to feedback, edited to add: That’s not one of the parts of the book that is laugh-out-loud funny.

Author:

My name is Heat! (It's short for Heather.) My last name is Polish and has a few Zs in it and it's really just easier this way.

One thought on “Book quote: suicide

  1. I thought about that a lot with Anthony Bourdain. I really enjoyed following some of his culinary adventures on TV. He never came across as particularly jovial but seemed to really appreciate and enjoy those experiences. But the other side … you never know what someone is dealing with …

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