Friday, July 24, 2009

Hitting it Hard

Leaving the things that are real behind,
Leaving the things that you love from mind,
All of the things you learned from fears,
Nothing is left for the years

Have you ever had an unwelcome guest?

One that refuses to leave your home.

It's one thing when the guest is a real person who can be forcibly removed or escorted to the door, but another matter if the guest in question does not exist in a physical form.

Imagine, an invisible presence from the other side, insisting on lingering and occupying space that is yours alone.

And when tomorrow morning comes, your guest is there with the same old song and dance the moment you wake up.

Your guest is called Depression.

And he is an intangible, insidious, ruthless bastard wreaking havoc among millions daily. Depression doesn't just visit folks who always seem to be down and out, his devastating impact is felt by even the most accomplished among us. Depression routinely eats the rich for breakfast.

Voices scream,
Nothing's seen,
Real's the dream

In 1997, an otherwise ordinary Joe displayed extraordinary courage to drop the social mask and reveal his struggle in showing Depression the door. This all went down as Joe battled his inner demons in the midst of a sold out world tour and number-one album release.

Joe is now inviting you into his home to share his story and see the toys that were in his attic, in the hope others get back in the saddle and experience a permanent vacation from Depression.

If you have a friend living Joey's story, resist the urge to lecture them to just get a grip. Not everyone can recognize the difference between love and abuse, and rise to the level of self-acceptance and compassion that makes healthy relationships possible.

Joey Kramer has been rocking with Aerosmith since 1970, helping the "Bad Boys from Boston" sell over 150 million albums. In addition to a string of Grammys and twenty-one multi-platinum albums, Aerosmith was inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.

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"Every life has a measure of sorrow, and sometimes this is what awakens us"

1 comment:

Dan G said...

Keep it coming Maxwell...