[Image] Stay strong, It's going to be okay

[Image] Stay strong, It's going to be okay

Nah just porn.

Is he reading a self help book?

It's not porn, because he's not crying.

Demotivational more like, seems like the author draws many similar comics about living with depression and this one could be interpreted as hiding from your problems and not solving them directly

Should have turned it the other way so the spiky bit is sticking into sadness!

But then the sadness would get stuck instead of continuing to pass by

That's why the sadness is attempting to consume

Or this perspective could be the very reason the artist used the term "sadness" as opposed to "depression" to dispell and any misunderstanding

Weekdays are always Mondays.

Its Wednesday my dude

Bad Case of the Mondays

wath the heck

Stay Strong!!!

Also to not invalidate depression, which isn't solved by simply telling someone to not worry.

It's OK. I will permit my sadness to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the sadness has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.

I know this is the litany against fear, but it totally works for sadness too. Not for depression, that's something else entirely, but for sadness.

In case anyone is not familiar with the litany against fear:

I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.

Frank Herbert, Dune

Having spent more than 7 years depressed, a sizable part of fixing it for me truly was that inner dialogue and convincing yourself that everything is going to be okay such as in the comic.

You don’t have to be a skilled to know these literature would be in some way uniform with one another.

Hope that clears things up for you.

sadness doesnt totally consume him due to positive thoughts


Been holding on for as long as I can remember, so long that I don't recognize it anymore. Is that progress?

Mein Kampf

I'm about halfway through a good book about mindfulness and honestly the key is to separate yourself from your emotions. Experience the emotions but don't "own" them directly, you just let them flow through you.

This takes a boatload of practice though. But it has helped me in simpler situations so far - things like getting cut off when driving or waiting in checkout line or dealing with bad customer service. those things used to drive me up a wall and now I just breath and let it be. And I'm way happier because of it.

Doing it with bigger things takes more practice and work. Oh the book is "the untethered soul", it has some spiritual stuff in it but the principle is basically about just learning to let go of the control emotions have on you and recognize that they are just that - a temporary emotion.

but when it tries to pass by it completely crushes and overwhelms him

Words to live by.

What would be the direct way to solve feeling sad?

Except that in the back of my mind is the knowledge it won't be okay, not in the long run. In the long run I and everyone and everything I hold dear will die or crumble to dust.

But medium term? Sure.

Wtf is this shit doing in getmotivated?!

But you don't need to concern yourself with something that's inevitable. Sadness is also a state of mind, so it can be conditioned. If you make peace with things that you can't control, you'll be so much happier, as if a huge weight has been lifted off your shoulders.

Sometimes the easiest way to live is to live in the now. Look after people and things you care about, stay away from people and things that'll hurt you, and leave everything else to the tomorrow you, and trust that tomorrow you will do a good job :)

There's a phrase my ex-MIL said:

"Your emotions are real, but they are not reality"

I only heard it once, but it stuck with me. The interpretation, as I understand it, is that while it is important to experience and acknowledge every feeling you have you should not allow them control over your life.

For example there are times when you feel wronged when there may have been no malicious intent, so instead of brooding over that hurt and anger, allow yourself to feel it, understand why you feel it, and let it go.


Tools Of Titans for sure, orange cover with yellow writing.


Probably because he has depression and writers tend to write what they know. It's kind of weird that you sound like you're judging him for it.

I wouldn't say it's demotivational at all.

It's saying that just saying "it's going to be ok" doesn't make the sadness go away. But it might give you some space to live life while not ignoring the problem.

I think it's better than most posts here, which tend towards either if you deny an emotion it will go away, or a denial of the complex socioeconomic problems people might be in that won't go away just by thinking happy thoughts.

This is realist and pragmatic.

He needs to shout louder for a bigger speech bubble!


So true. I honestly don't know which weekday is the worst.

Mondays: Sucks waking up. However, these seem to go by fast. Probably because you have a full 40 hour work week ahead of you so the first 8 hours go by at a relatively fast pace.

Tuesdays: Busiest day of the week for me, so time goes by relatively fast. However, waking up still sucks and you still have 32 hours of work ahead of you.

Wednesdays: They just drag. You're in the middle of purgatory on this day.

Thursdays: Still in purgatory. You're so close to the weekend, yet you still need to wake up early the next day.

Fridays: Not a weekday in the traditional sense. But this day contains the magical transition between 4-6, in which the week becomes the weekend!

TL: DR. The contemporary 40 hour work week sucks.

If you're interested in Shen's comics, "Bluechair" is the main comic. Very popular web comic. http://www.webtoons.com/en/comedy/bluechair/list?title_no=199

Owl Turd gets mixed into that.


Or you just pierce the outer membrane and drown in sad goo.

Maybe its really good porn, like self help porn?

Thats it! The worlds needs self help porn!

I've been depressed for as long as I can remember, and I don't foresee a solution despite my efforts. I think this is a good comic. Sadness comes in waves, often without warning. Distractions and reassurance are nice. You can't always solve depression/sadness, but I think at least addressing it (as illustrated here and elsewhere) would be part of a solution.

I mean, maybe you don't, but...

Wath the hell did I just read?


I suppose at least that's preferable to drowning in happy goo.

I don't want your damn lemons!

I've heard


Sometimes you've just got to ride the sadness wave.. cry.. and then recoup..


Instant tattoo regret

But, isn't that the point? I assumed that the error was deliberate, because it reflects the meaning of the sentence.

You might need a better job

Not a good advice. Sadness is a beautiful, rejuvenating and grounding emotion. Avoiding it or blocking with "positive thinking" might make the problem much worse and permanent.

Can only hold for so long..

It's okay to be sad and feel. People often demonize sadness but it's a necessary reaction for closure. Depression is the evil guy making you feel nothing and giving you no impetus to feel anything.

I've heard camgirls are surprisingly good for emotional support.

What the neck

Having been chronicle depressed for the same time and met a lot of people with depression also met people in the clinic and their own thoughts and inner dialogue is what fueled the downward spiral of depression, what you describe is reversing the spiral.

For me this has never been an issue, depression is different for everyone, and I've always beennvery rational thinking and not worrying at all. I still have big issues with depression but simply not worrying and thinking that everything will be okay, is not enough or doesn't have an affect on me, but I feel that it can be very naive and dangerous to be so. But if it helps people then I wouldn't want to take it away from them.

But I see such a mentality as problemaric since it can essentially mean to push your problems and deadlines away instead of trying to nsolve them. I mean it helps emotionally but it leads to worse consequences.

Don't get sad, get mad!

this one could be interpreted as hiding from your problems and not solving them directly

Kind of like this sub?

Or you might pop the sad bubble and be free of it forever/contaminate the atmosphere with sadness.

I don't know what answer to give.

On one hand, you may be still holding on where some people would have already given up. On the other hand, you may be missing one thing that changes the game for you (for example, a mindset that makes everything more meaningful).

In my case, I feel it's the second situation. Deep inside, I feel guilt for not pushing myself to a healthier mindset. I see the world from a Deterministic philosophical standpoint, and I feel I use that to victimize my life all the time. And even being aware of all this, I don't seem to change.

Hope your situation is simpler to solve, mentally speaking!

I asked for a friend.

When life gives you lemons, invent incendiary lemons and burn life's house down.. WITH LEMONS!