“America needs an honest discourse with itself. It’s like the greatest country in the world by default. But, we could be the greatest country that ever existed if we were just honest about who we are, what we are, where we wanna go. Things like racism are institutionalized, it’s systematic. You might not know any bigots, you feel like, ‘well, I don’t hate black people so I’m not a racist’ but you benefit from racism, just by the merit of the color of your skin. There’s opportunities that you have, you’re privileged in ways that you may not even realized because you haven’t been deprived in certain ways. We need to talk about these things in order for them to change.”—Dave Chappelle on Inside the Actors Studio (via lucy-vanpelt)
I’ve been going to Depression-Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) meetings since January. These have helped me so much, it’s nice to have a space to hear/say things about mental illness openly. While most of the people in the group suffer from a form of bipolar disorder (I, II, schizo-effective etc.), I’ve still gleaned a lot of good ideas on how to manage my depression better.
Last night we discussed how often what our bodies and minds tell us when we’re feeling depressed are actually the complete opposites of what we should do. We should get out of bed, we should put down the alcohol, we should pick up the phone, we should take our medication. But when your in a state where your mind is in a fog or simply too exhausted, it’s hard to distinguish what’s productive from what’s your disease/condition.
Here’s some of the ideas we came up with to work better schedules/recoveries for ourselves:
Start small, it doesn’t matter. Whether it be a goal for the day, week, or month, work toward it.
Stay on a schedule as best as you can, especially when it comes to sleep and taking your medication.
Do things for yourself and your recovery and don’t feel guilty about not being able to explain/justify them to other people
“For the first eight years of our marriage, [Michelle and I] were paying more in student loans than what we were paying for our mortgage. So we know what this is about.
And we were lucky to land good jobs with a steady income. But we only finished paying off our student loans—check this out, all right, I’m the President of the United States—we only finished paying off our student loans about eight years ago.”—President Obama in North Carolina today on why Congress has to act to prevent interest rates on student loans from doubling (via barackobama)
oh man I always have the weirdest dreams when I sleep during the day, idk what it is.
This has been the last three times I slept - weirdly symbolic dreams chock full of people I don’t like. The last one involved me getting forced to get married in a nasty 1970s house with ex-friends as bridesmaids and the woman running the event made fun of me for being Episcopal. Too weird.
All of my teeth fell out. It started off with one chipping, then the whole tooth, and then the rest of them fell out in clumps. It was very, very real, and when I woke up, I was afraid to open my mouth because I thought all of my teeth would come out. Here’s what my dream dictionary had to say (I…
I have had this dream a lot, especially when I’m stressed out.