The joy of the season. Happiness, brotherhood, and good will toward men. A feeling of togetherness, of being a part of something greater than oneself. All of these feelings, states of being, positive emotions are supposed to be evoked at this time of year. It’s supposed to be the same for everyone, an upbeat sense of wonder as the world is made new again. Unfortunately for so many people, that positivity escapes them. The holiday season becomes a drudgery, a minefield of depressive thought that makes them dread each waking moment. Instead of buoyancy, they feel emptiness. They’re left behind by scores of others who don’t feel the same heavy weight of sadness that’s bearing down on them. Depression becomes an internal darkness that rivals the shortened days outside, and is just as deep, just as encapsulating, and with no seeming end in sight.
To many, this attitude may seem like an anomaly, an attitude that can’t be grasped. What is there to be sad about? There are lights and presents and family and friends. There’s peace and laughter. How does someone get bogged down by negativity? It’s difficult to realize at times that outside influences don’t dictate happiness and sadness. So much of what we feel is internal, a mixture of interpretation and chemistry that combined can raise us high or cast us low, regardless of the smiling faces surrounding us.
What needs to be understood is that there is no shame in this, no wrongness. Depression simply is, and it’s not something that can be turned on and off because of a date on a calendar. It takes acknowledgement and understanding, both from the person suffering from it and from those around them. It’s not a lack of desire to be happy. There is a block, a prevention to happiness, and it can become more starkly noticeable when contrasted by a world that seems bathed in light. There is a way back to that light, that happiness, that joy not just of the season but the joy in living each day to the fullest.
Family Revelations is here, I am here, to help you find your way to that light. Allow me to help you find your path back. Together we can celebrate the season, and many more after, with hope, happiness, and joy.