I get depressed sometimes. Normally just as the bills come in but it is a quick fleeting thing and then I am back in the world of art or buried in the latest book I’m writing. It never lasts more than a week until something happens that will bring me out of it. It can be something someone will say or I a red kite flying in the sky. And poof – it is gone.
But I know people who have depression. This is a wholly different thing. Depression is a disease that is tricky to treat and never truly leaves someone. It isn’t like having to take a pill because of pain… It is more than that.
Yet those with it hide so brilliantly. They put up a facade.
If I’m sad then I look sad. If I am happy then I’m smiling.
But if you have depression then you have a facade that covers it. Everyone sees you happy but inside you are crying.
Yesterday the prompt for the art was ‘depressed hero’ and I drew this…
This man was and still is my hero. Robin Williams who hid behind a mask of laughter. I just wish he had talked to someone. If he had he might be making us laugh still. And I know that is a selfish thought.
But there are more than just celebrities who use a facade. I try to see past it, but sometimes they are like impenetrable walls. I just wish there was a way to cure depression. Until they do though – please talk to someone because you leave behind people you love. No one is better off without a family member or friend. They are what makes our lives bright and wonderful.
Robin Williams isn’t available to buy but if anyone is interested then please let me know. He is a digital drawing but I can get prints made.