Are you tired of people hiding behind the word “depression” whenever they are simply having a bad time? The words “depressed” and “stressed” are so overused that it is an insult to people that are genuinely in a very dark place and unable to get out. It seems that only in the US do people expect, nay, demand…happiness. You are going to feel low and lost at times--it is part of life. Depression is one of the five stages of grieving, but in most of the population, genuine depression is rare. Most people simply feel down or very lost, so let’s address that and put it to bed. If you are lucky, you will get a 30-year window of adult living and good health, so stop wasting it trying to convince yourself you are mentally ill when you are in fact stuck in a rut.
1. You Don’t Have to Have a Major Life Purpose
Some of the most driven people are the most lost. They grab an idea and push for it with all their might, and when it doesn’t work, they feel lost and powerless. Finding a major life purpose is good, but it is not a biological imperative (nor should it be based on one). You can live without one, which means you can go a few months without one while you work on your life, your happiness, and your attitude.