Things That are Total Downers, But Are Surprisingly Reassuring

This first poster is actually from, the company designed to make fun of inspirational posters. As such, it should be funny, but discouraging. I kind of find this one to be neither. It makes me feel better to know I’m not alone in thinking This Is So Hard.

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It’s the same sort of comforting message I get from Coldplay’s “The Scientist.” I know it’s a song about a breakup, but somehow throughout a number of life’s struggles I’ve found solace in these lyrics:

Nobody said it was easy
No one ever said it would be this hard

I’m not sure why I’ve always liked this lyric, something about taking the unhelpful platitude of Nobody said it was easy and saying, Yeah, but 


Here’s another music video. This one is a photo montage set to Ingrid Michaelson’s “Breakable.” The lyrics are sad, but the reminder that it’s okay to break makes me feel better.

Here’s a highly relatable poem about a woman trying to explain her depression to her mother. Mom still doesn’t understand. Mom! Can’t you see that neither can I? 

And finally, this quote I took at some point from the To Write Love on Her Arms Facebook:

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