This is a true story. Last week I went to a funeral of a lady I considered to be an aunt. One of her sons was like a play brother to me. In fact, he often referred to me as his older brother. He suffered from depression, and would often make up stories about his accomplishments to compensate for his inability to deal with the realities of life. After his mother died, he seemed to be “out of it.” He said he couldn’t eat, couldn’t sleep, and just couldn’t function well. His name was Terry. I told Terry not to stress out over this and I told him “several times” that if he ever needed me to call. He seemed to focus on all the bad things that he said were happening to him. Well, yesterday I got a call from one of my friends who told me that Terry had just died. I was shocked, because Terry was a young man. I don’t think anyone would have expected this to happen, especially his family. Depression is a real illness that a lot of people take for granted. I know of several people who suffered from it. The biggest problem for most folks is to recognize whenever someone has this disease. It doesn’t take much to push a depressed person over the edge. When things don’t seem to be going well in your life it is very easy to become depressed. I honestly believe that people can practically “will themselves” to die through depression. Have you ever noticed how some married couples function so well together that when one dies the other one goes soon after? Granted, no one lives forever. However, depression can take a drastic effect on your life. Stress can harm you, but only if you allow it to settle in. Depression often sets in when you lose a job, someone dies, or you experience a bad breakup. It is important for you to be able to pick up the pieces of your life and “move on.” While the final results of the autopsy are not in, we do know that Terry was extremely depressed over his mother’s passing. No matter how he died, I honestly believe his depression played a role in this. We have to keep aware of what we feel and how we feel. It might make the biggest difference in our lives. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Kenny Gamble (record producer) along with Lorenzo Langford (former mayor of Atlantic City with Brett Jolly in the background