Monday, December 21, 2015

'Depressing' books

So, this is how it goes. I’ve been doing pretty much nothing during my summer holiday so I thought, ‘Why not I spend some time reading up a few books? For sure it will not be worthless.’

So, I read and read, most of the time I read the books halfway and I continue with new ones, so that’s why if you go to my reading lists- currently reading, there’s like 4 or 5 books under that label. Why? Because I kind of like jumping to another books at one time. Well, not because they are boring but because I need to make sure I read different kind of books, get what I mean right? *good*

Anyway, as I mentioned up there, I want to talk a little bit about ‘depressing books’ since I’ve read two books that are quite gloomy to me. Those two books are Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami and All The Bright Places by Jeniffer Niven. Why I said these two books were depressing? Because there were characters in the book that committed suicide.

All the bright places
I read this book because a friend of mine recommended it to me. She said I am going to like this book. Well, that’s kind of true though, since I managed to finish the book in a week, or maybe less. But anyhow, when I finished reading the book, I was a little bit sad with the ending. It was pretty sad and I somehow can imagine how helpless Violet is when she found out about Finch (but his first name is Theodore, I don’t know why they didn’t call him that).

The thing is, this guy Finch, he has great level of patience and a nice guy. I mean, he does have anger problem sometimes but he sure is in love with Violet and willing to do anything for her. Violet, on the other hand is one perfect girl who’s on the verge of breaking down but could not seek any help because people expected her to be fine and then come Finch to her rescue.

“‘Growth itself contains the germ of happiness.’ Pearl S. Buck. Maybe a germ is enough. Maybe it’s all you need”[1]

Well, go and get your hands on this book because it was a story worth reading. Don’t expect me to tell you the short version of the story here. *go read by yourself! ;p*

Norwegian Wood
This book is more depressing than the previous one. Let see, there 4 main characters that committed suicide in this book. That is depressing isn’t it? Anyway, the theme for this book is love and mental illness I guess. Though, I have to be honest, there are some details about boy-girl and girl-girl relationship that are too much for me that I have to skip the pages because I don’t want to know about it. But since I’ve started reading already, so I finished the book anyway.

“Memory is a funny thing. When I was in the scene I hardly paid it any attention. I never stopped to think of it as something that would make a lasting impression, certainly never imagined that 18 years later I would recall it in such detail.”[2]

It was so depressing but still, I didn’t regret reading them. Somehow these books gave me a realistic example of those people who are depressed and having mental illness. Surely, most of the time when somebody mentioned, you’ll thought of someone who can’t take care of themselves, don’t bathe and all those common stereotyping. But after reading these two books, I realised better that there are people who lived life normally like us but are having a very hard time coping with life itself.

What I am trying to say is; depression surely is a dangerous illness. Somebody might be too sad and grief after a loss or after anything fatal that happened to her/him. Somebody might get too upset when he’s heartbroken. Somebody might get too emotional and hurt when her sister died all of the sudden. So many, yes so many things can be a factor of having a mental illness.

Why I am writing about this?

Because I wanted you people, who read up my blog to make sure to look on those people around you. Talk to them if something happened. Eh no, before something even happened, get used to them talking. Get to know what’s bothering them and what’s on their mind. Be there for them, don’t just say it and didn’t do it. REALLY BE THERE for them. Don’t assume that they are doing fine because they usually will. Be concern and be a good company.

Nevertheless, what’s more important is that YOU YOURSELF. Whenever you are feeling a little bit down, don’t be shy to ask for help. Don’t be shy to cry to you mum or dad or a good friend. Maybe you need some time and space, but never too much. You have to let it out eventually. Seek peace from God, pray to Him even though you’ve never prayed before. Speak to Him and depends totally on him for peaceful mind and heart.

Careful not to ever let yourself dwell over your sadness and calamity. You might not know it that you are already on the depression region. Anyhow, just remember to be nice to everybody because you never know what’s on their plate right? Even if you do, you won’t understand.

“You know what I like about you? You’re interesting. You’re different. And I can talk to you. Don’t let that go to your head.”[3]

That’s all for the depressing thoughts. Stepping away from it.
Anyway, I’m planning to upload a new video in the next post, wait for it?


[1] All the bright places, Jeniffer Niven
[2] Norwegian Wood, Haruki Murakami
[3] All the bright places, Jeniffer Niven

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