In 1945, a very lucky unlucky man called Tsutomu Yamaguchi was on a long business trip to Hiroshima. He had been there for a couple of months already and was familiar with the area. At 8.15am he was walking to work to pick something up when he saw an aeroplane flying in the distance. He watched as the aeroplane then proceeded to drop, the now infamous, Little Boy atomic bomb. Mr. Yamaguchi, was badly burnt, temporarily blinded and burst both ear drums. OK, I think we can file that under ‘A bad start to the day‘.
Amazingly though against all the odds Mr Yamaguchi survived.
Now, I’d never want people to think I am comparing a bout of depression to, say, Mr. Yamaguchi surviving the first ever atomic bomb used in war – OK, that is exactly what I am doing. But the depression did come out of no where and, it certainly rendered me house bound for a few days. Thankfully though, I survived, I turned a corner and after my brief setback, I started to make my way back into reality – just like Mr. Yamaguchi.
That is because even more amazingly Mr. Yamaguchi not only survived the atomic bomb, but he left his business trip in Hiroshima and headed back to work only 3 days later… in Nagasaki. Just in time to be hit by the Fat Man, the second atomic bomb dropped by the Americans on Japan.
OK, so a bad day turned into a bad week, it can happen to anyone.
I mean, I just got over my bout of depression, and began feeling creative again, then today; sick (again). Hit by the flu (again). That is the second time in 2 weeks, making that an official Sickness Sandwich™; flu-depression-flu. Although in fairness the side dish of anxiety has been missing during that time.
So there we go if
Mindfump. Mr. Yamaguchi has taught you anything, it is that it takes a hell of a lot more than a couple of set backs* to keep us down. So I say, yes! I have gone through another bout of depression, and yes! I have got the flu again, but no way will I let it stop me from moving on. How could I? after hearing of Mr. Yamaguchi; hit by two atomic bombs and still making it to work… OK, I did call in sick to work today, but to be fair my throat is killing me.
*Slightly under playing the severity of the Atomic Bomb droppings.