Thanks for answering my question about reality and depression. I’m not sure I agree though, because just browsing through my dash on Tumblr alone seems to indicate that optimism is needed more than realism. Realistically, the odds are stacked steeply against us. Optimistically, we could ignore it and persevere anyway. Reality is depressing. It’s the belief in the unknown that seems to keep us going…belief that things can and will only get better, despite the trends of our lives. As cynical as I am, this same belief plagues me as well.

Zaid Ismail

Author, life coach, and mental health activist. We need to change the narrative from disorders, illnesses, and survival to accountability, understanding, and thriving.

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