Episode 139

Chicks and Depression – What?

You might ask yourself what baby chicks and depression have in common. Well, nothing and everything really.

But let me start at the beginning. In this episode, I am sharing an update on the urban homestead. One of the most recent things, as of yesterday, is that we are having new baby chicks.

In the podcast, I am sharing why I didn’t want any this year. But how this very insistent hen finally wore me down and I let her sit on some eggs.Chicks and depression

Now, as of this morning, we are having three black baby chicks, one very white mommy, and a Minpin dog very interested in those babies.

What about the depression part?

Good question. If you have been listening to the podcast for a while, you know that I have been going through a deep burnout and probably through a bout with depression as well.

Not the kind that makes you unable to move, but the kind that slows one down a lot. The kind that makes everything just seem a bit too much to handle.

Recent events – the suicide of two famous people – have brought depression as a topic to the forefront in many conversations.

It is funny how the universe sometimes works. A couple of days before these stories hit the news, a friend of mine told me that a person had mentioned that she is dealing with depression in a blog post.

She consequently got a private message saying that she shouldn’t talk about that – that nobody will read her posts if they know that she is depressed.

I was outraged!!

Immediately, I used depression as a prompt in my Daily Writing Prompt exercise I run on Steemit. Here is a link to that post.  The many stories of people being touched by depression and the consequences made my head spin.

Thoughts about Depression

In the podcast, I share some of the thoughts and questions I have on the prevalence of depression in our times. Don’t get me wrong, we know that teenage suicide has been with us for a long time as documented in literary works such as Romeo and Juliette and The Sorrows of Young Werther by  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

We don’t know if bouts of depression have always been part of our existence, but it seems that most everyone today has had that experience at one point in their life.Chicks and depression

Part of me wonders if it has to do with us being further and further removed from nature. So many of us are spending our days staring at screens and living indoors.

I know that spending time in my garden or in nature, hiking in the woods or taking a walk along the ocean, makes me feel better.

And watching baby chicks is a sure way to lift the spirits!

What do you think? Is depression a sign of our times or a human condition?

When you feel down, what makes you happy?


Let us know in the comments or on Facebook, Instagram or Steemit.


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