A Reminder During the Darkest Days of Winter

Sometimes it feels like there is a hole in my head and every good thought or feeling that I ever had has escaped into space. The best of me has leaked out and been replaced with a humorless mist and the kind of ghosts that whisper everything but encouragement. I wander around blind and empty with no positivity whatsoever. Reminding myself that this is not a unique moment in human history, I press on.

Most people have secret sorrows that they refuse to share with the rest of the world, and we call them cold or angry when they are only sad. When someone is sad, truly sad, you are at a loss on how to reach them. And, when you are that unreachable person, you feel exactly the same about them. Like a dog shot into space, we are often unable to comprehend or express the full extent of what is happening to us. However, you can rest assured, that someone has felt it before. You might never meet them but they are out there and managed to persevere. It doesn’t matter if you are scared, lonely, deceived by a friend, or just realized that you will never be with that person you truly love. You can find a way to continue on. NOWTHATSWHATICALLSONGS2JO2

The hardest thing about having a dream is living with whatever happens to you when it dies.

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37 Responses to A Reminder During the Darkest Days of Winter

  1. THIS. That’s all I can say.

  2. NotAPunkRocker says:

    “The Wind Cries Mary”? OMG

    And I needed the reminder of this message. Thank you.

    • Other songs that made the list:

      R.E.M. – ‘Everybody Hurts’
      Harry Chapin – ‘Cat’s in the Cradle’
      Hank Williams – ‘I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry’
      Janis Ian – ‘At Seventeen’
      Michael Jackson – ‘Ben’
      Radiohead – ‘Creep’
      Eric Clapton – ‘Tears in Heaven’
      Jimmy Buffett – ‘Margaritaville’

      • NotAPunkRocker says:

        “The Living Years” – Mike and the Mechanics
        “You Never Even Called Me By My Name “-David Allen Coe

  3. prenin says:

    Yeah life is shit – until we stop taking it seriously!!! :)

    Have a great week my friend!!! :)


  4. Lis says:

    Glad to know we are not alone :)

  5. Lis says:

    And Matt, can I just say that I had started following a lot of fellow WordPress bloggers and you are the only one I still read on a regular basis? Just sayin’.

  6. Good post. Great opening paragraph. Hilarious cartoon. How ’bout “My Heart Can’t Tell You Know” by Rod Stewart?

  7. Byron says:


    Delicious. I miss the fuck out of you, man.

  8. Snoring Dog Studio says:

    What beautiful prose. There are only a few times when I read a blog post that I’m truly touched by the words. This is one of those times.

    Press on. “All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.”

  9. samara says:

    “The hardest thing about having a dream is living with whatever happens to you when it dies.”
    That’s seriously too good for a blog.

    How do you even know “At Seventeen?” I was in kindergarten when it came out, which means you weren’t even born yet.

  10. Zack says:

    “I Can’t Tell You Why” The Eagles
    “I Hate Myself And I Want To Die” Nirvana

  11. This is so good I almost wanted to feel sad so you could make me feel better with this post. Unfortunately for you I am, unusually, in an insanely good mood today. We’ve all been there though haven’t we, and are likely to return… great song choices btw!

  12. I love Trouble but can’t stand the maudlin Tears in Heaven. I was tired of Tears in Heaven the first time I heard it. Just thought you’d like to know.

  13. Verbatim from FB yesterday (must be something in the queens air)… PSA: Being in a good mood 24/7 is not the sign of a healthy, well adjusted individual — it’s a sign of somebody that’s ignorant of themselves. Yes, I’m in a shit mood. Yes, I’m ok with that. I’m just gonna be quiet and figure it out for a bit, so I can make changes tomorrow.

  14. lorag88 says:

    Love this blog 👌

  15. emisformaker says:

    Just wanted to put in my vote for the Johnny Cash/Nick Cave cover of “I’m So Lonesome,” and pop in two more suggestions:
    Georgia Lee, by Tom Waits
    Mary, by Oingo Boingo
    Great post! Good thing I read it on my birthday so my hopes remain up, but don’t get too high.

  16. JLK says:

    can i clone your brain? preferably into someone of the male persuasion that lives here within a vicinity of me? great post. your one line zingers, they get me. also, i figured out how to reply on my app. turns out theres a big difference in my brain functionality between 1030pm and 2am.

  17. echow124 says:

    I can relate to everything you say. Unfortunately not in words as well written, but it’s how I feel most days. I simply spew out brain vomit on my blog to cope with it.

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