This isn’t a political post. I’m very political, but that’s not what this is about. When Mitch McConnell and his cronies used an arcane rule to shut down Elizabeth Warren and he made this statement he inadvertently provided feminists with a rallying cry. I’m going to take it a step further. He gave everyone who fights depression on a daily basis a rallying cry.
I have gone through Hell. I’m still going through it. I daily depend on Winston Churchill’s admonition of, “If you’re going through Hell, keep going.” This, my friends, is persisting. When you get out of bed and face the day when you are filled with insecurity and doubt, you persist. When you make the decision to share what you’re going through with someone else so you can know you’re not alone, you persist. When you look up from the bottom of what feels like the deepest well and see the sunlight, you persist. When you look at your own self doubt and your feelings of unworthiness and say, “Enough of this bullshit!” you persist.
I know I will most likely fight this battle my entire life. I may have times of “remission” where the darkness seems to be beaten back and life seems easier. When I am in those times where all seems good, I’ll cherish those halcyon days while remembering “NEVERTHELESS, SHE PERSISTED.” So, no matter where you are, if you fight this demon called depression or love someone who does, I want you to remember these words. I want you to say with every victory large or small, “NEVERTHELESS SHE/HE/I/WE PERSISTED!”