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Djonma
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   Posted 11/9/2006 1:49 PM (GMT -7)   
This was today's quote on one of those quote for the day thingies...

"The worst of all fears is the fear of living"
Theodore Roosevelt

I think anyone who has suffered severe depression, and/or mania can understand this quote.
It's a very, very sad quote.
I just thought I should share it because it's kind of beautiful as well.

Nicola
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sukay
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   Posted 11/9/2006 6:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow! That one Really made me think! You are so right. It did hit home for me. Thanks for sharing!
 
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   Posted 11/11/2006 1:42 PM (GMT -7)   
That's one definitely worth rembering Nicola hun! -- And for all those Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans (oh, go on, you know you love it) add: "The hardest thing in this world is to live in it." -- We conquer so much each day.

Hugs,
Rosie x
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wmnak
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   Posted 11/16/2006 8:14 AM (GMT -7)   

Nicola,

i had some trouble with this one.  as most of you know, i'm jewish and juadaism is a religion that celebrates life.  carpe diem might be a way to explain it.  our toast is "l'chiem" which means "to life."  at the same time our greeting is "shalom" which means "peace/inner peace".  to live and experience is fundamental - almost a "prime directive."  to be afraid of living life would be anathama.  to be afraid of life would be and oximoron to most jews.

by the same token,, i have attempted to run away from life - throw it away - about 9 times during this incarnation.

perhaps this is my fundamental disconnect.

warren


Post Edited (wmnak) : 11/16/2006 8:17:40 AM (GMT-7)


Djonma
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   Posted 11/16/2006 12:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Warren, I'm a Buddhist, and we treasure life massively as well :-)

I think it really does mean something when you can understand what it is to be afraid of life. We have to put up with so much!
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome from birth - Diagnosed 1999
Fibromyalgia from birth - Diagnosed 2005
(?) Ulcerative Colitis - waiting for tests
(?) BiPolar
Thrombocytosis

Epilim Chrono 500mg at night (Sodium Valproate)
Lofepramine (Feprapax or Gamanil) 70mg at night.
Quetiapine (Seroquel) when needed.


wmnak
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   Posted 11/17/2006 7:51 AM (GMT -7)   
dj,
 
i don't think so much being afraid of life as just tired of it.  when i was a teen, i was in severe depression.  i was in a dysfunctional abusive family and just wanted out.  i was afraid to run away because i had heard about "street children."
 
when i was in my 20s, i was in a very bad marriage.  we were too young to be married, but married anyway and suffered the consequences.  i thout that it was a way to get out of the relatioonshio.  later in my 20s we had a very messy divorce.  i couldn't see my way clearly, so tried to opt out.
 
i was reasonably ok during my 30s and 40s - chaly that up to my wife.  then in my 50s i got really depressed, had a botched epidural serroid injection, and just couldn't stand the physical pain.
 
i'm not sure what all this means.  "afraid of life?"  maybe.
 
warren
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