Waiheke, Aotearoa New Zealand

November 1, 2020

This too.

For most of the week, I thought I'd be writing you the third straight "welp, still depression" email. But finally - on Thursday evening, the clouds in my head started to clear up, the color came back, and things are finally feeling a lot more normal.

This round's been a slog, and as a human being experiencing 2020, I'm certain you get it - it's just hard to keep moving when you're not sure when the awfulness is going to end.

There's one constant comfort that's sat next to me, in those long, difficult days - the old Persian aphorism:

This too, shall pass.

I've been reminded of the truth that my belief isn't necessary for good things to happen. Yes - self-fulfilling prophecy is a real psychological effect. But also, sometimes things get better even when it feels like they won't.

It feels great to, well, feel things again, and I felt like that little thought might be one you'd appreciate hearing this week.

Take care of yourself. Thanks for wandering along with me. And have a heart-felt week.

-Steven

p.s. The best thing I saw all week was the rebirth of one of my favorite sets of creators. If you've been clicking these links for a while, at some point you've likely clicked on a Get in the Robot video - a diverse set of voices having super-interesting conversations about anime. Bad news - their parent company shut them down in June. Good news - the creators crowdfunded, and they're back - and independent. :)

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