A couple of weeks ago I was feeling stressed. Pulled every which way with promotion, marketing, deadlines, and juggling three books in three different stages of production. No businesswoman, I craved to get back to the creative side of being an author. I kept wondering how the famous authors do this, and keep their sanity. Then I figured I didn’t know one writer who was truthfully sane. : ) That was depressing. And yes, I had added myself to the list.
That night, I plopped down in front of the TV and mindlessly switched channels. The movie, As Good as it Gets, was showing. I’m a sucker for Jack Nicholson movies, so although it was a quarter into the story I stayed around to watch. The writer in me hung on many of the great one-liners and I was soon writing them down. It was strangely on topic for my exhausted, depressed, state of mind.
Three of my favorite quotes by Melvin Udall (played by Nicholson) were:
“You’re a disgrace to depression.”
“I’m drowning here, and you’re describing the water.”
“People who talk in metaphors oughta shampoo my crotch.”
This movie had many sad moments, but the authentic real life ones, the heartwarming ones, far outweighed the depressive. I loved watching this movie and soon found myself laughing out loud. My slightly depressed mood lifted, as I realized how hard some people do have it in life. How many walk around with real issues, emotional, psychological, physical, not just the pity pot ones I was experiencing. When the movie ended I was in a much better mood and had restored my empathy for man and his many issues, my own becoming so less important. Indeed, I gave depression a bad name. On the real scale of things, I didn’t even come close to be being depressed.
So just like in the final scene of the movie, where the two main characters go looking for warm rolls, I reached for my carbohydrates, and then I went to bed. By morning my energy and good mood were restored. I guess that’s as good as it gets, eh? And that’s good enough for me. So, I’m celebrating!