Being Happy Is Hard Work

Human PartsHuman Parts 2019-08-27

Like many people, I struggle semiregularly with depression โ€” or, as David Foster Wallace so fittingly called it, The Bad Thing. It doesnโ€™t define me, but it does flare up from time to time, a swamp creature rearing out of my mindโ€™s chemical pulp. Recently, amid a surge of badness so forceful it took me by surprise, I found myself wondering how it is that people like me โ€” people who are healthy, loved, so privileged as to be blessed โ€” can feel so sad? So beholden to The Bad Thing? On the surface, it doesnโ€™t make sense.

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