Navigating Depression: Constructing a Future, One Small Change at a Time

“Depression is the inability to construct a future.” – Rollo May

Some people are always happy. I’m not one of them! I used to ask how anyone with half a brain cannot be depressed at times? Small depressions happen; you lose at something, get passed over for a promotion, and realize your friend is your enemy. Things like that can cause those small depressions, maybe even mild ones.

However, sometimes the depression takes hold and is harder to shake. As Rollo May once said, “Depression is the inability to construct a future.” The quote could be better, though. When you’re depressed, you don’t know what you want in the future, and you can’t construct a lot if you can’t start building it in the present.

Small changes matter because they break the monotony of life, and more importantly if you’re depressed doing the same thing over and over again, it’s time to mix things up. Just starting small could be all that’s needed.

The beauty of small changes is that they are achievable, and each achievement can serve as a building block for self-confidence. Whether trying a new recipe, picking up a book from a different genre, joining a local club, or simply changing the route of your daily walk, each change can open new possibilities. It’s like gently shaking that jigsaw puzzle, allowing the pieces to find new connections and helping you discover a different perspective.

The important thing to remember is that it won’t happen in a day, a week, but you’ll slowly start seeing changes. It’s a journey with twists, turns, and occasional setbacks. But with each step and small change, you’re constructing your future and nurturing a stronger, more resilient self. You are learning to navigate the fog of depression, gradually illuminating your path to a brighter future.

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