These are better days!

I have alwyas had a pretty nice life, full of good things and fun. I have a beautiful family, I live in one of the safest places in my troubled country. But for the last twenty or more years I have struggled with depression. There were many good times, but the darkness was always hovering on the edge of town. And often it invaded the town, it ruined its buildings, it hurt its citizens.
Recently a few things came together in my head. I did a course in life coaching, which gave me wonderful skills to promote positive changes in my life. I did a depression course where I learned spesific tecniques to handle the blackness and crawl out into the sun again.
But the most important thing that happened was that I discovered the work and life of Bruce Springsteen. In my country he is virtually unknown. If people know him, they only know about Born in the USA. His music is hardly ever heard on the radio station that I listen to. But one day in July 2009 a beautiful little song was played that caught my attention, reached something inside of me. I did not catch the name of the singer or the song. I think I totally forgot about it. And then, a few days later, I heard it again. This time I made sure of the singer and the song: Bruce Springsteen and Tomorrow never knows.
I had just recently aquired internet access and started discovering the delights of YouTube. So I typed in the name of the song – and a whole new world openend up for me.
Since then I have not looked back. These are indeed better days for me. I am fascinated by this man, filled with a sense of wonder and admiration at his work and the way he leads his life. I am constantly discovering new songs, new aspects of his creativity. I admire his passion, his energy, his apparent integrity. I fill every empty moment of my days with his music. It is in my head where in the past there had often been negative thoughts and worry and a vague, aching hunger.
With Bruce on my side I am fighting the badlands every day.My belief in the promised land becomes stronger and stronger. I take that leap of faith with laughter en joy.
And feel so privileged to share in his gifts to the world.

4 thoughts on “These are better days!

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  2. Ah, snaaks genoeg het ek nog nooit die storie van julle eerste ontmoeting gehoor nie. Bly ek het die regte Springsteen song gekies vir ma se verjaardag 🙂

    • Jy het darem maar ‘n uitstekende aanvoeling, boetie! 🙂
      En ja, die post is baie liries geskryf (vol verwysings na liedjies wat non-fans natuurlik nie ken nie), want dit was aanvanklik net vir vreemdelinge (fans) bedoel – lank voor ek die blog wyer laat bekend raak het. Maar die kern van die saak bly dat sy musiek en voorbeeld ‘n klomp positiewe energie in my lewe inpomp.

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