This is one of the many reasons I consider Japan to be quite uncivilized at times. The fact that these people were taken seriously and not met with a counter-protest twice the size just shows how unimportant equality is. While I know many of my Japanese friends would be equally disgusted by this, the fact that Japanese society as a whole let this happen (and another protest a couple of days later) just shows how fucked up this shit is.
What you SHOULD say to people dealing with any of these
Anxiety: This too shall pass, even if that sounds corny and cliche. Your anxiety will subside, you are not dying, you will not die from this, everything is going to be fine. Keep taking deep breaths, try and stay focused.
As someone with GAD and MDD who has had many panic attacks, I can safely say that telling someone that's having a panic attack that "this too shall pass" will only make them panic MORE. The reason being, at least for me, that my thoughts go something like this: "It's not passed yet. I'm a failure and something's wrong with me. I'm making everyone around me worry. Time to panic some more." The best thing to do would be to distract them, just talk to them like a normal human being. Don't call attention to their panic, just stay with them. Maybe ask if they'd like something to drink. Maybe this is just because of the combination of these two disorders (which tend to be co-morbid), but any panic attack is either about how hopeless a situation is or how worthless I am. So any input you give about those two things such as "You're great" or "It's not hopeless" will be IMMEDIATELY construed as lies and will make the person having a panic attack panic more. Got it? Saying "I love you and I'm here for you no matter what" is OK because that's something YOU'RE gonna do. So yeah, please please think about this.
Another Sunday night alone (JSYK, Mondays and Tuesdays are my days off, so Sunday night is my Friday night) in the largest metropolitan area in the world. What a lovely feeling. No wonder Monday is the day everyone jumps in front of the train here, seeing how alienating Sunday nights are. I’m writing this post to inform anyone who is interested in moving to Japan, like I did. Maybe I can help you not make some of the same mistakes I did. Curious? Read below the cutttttttt. I warn you, this is going to be a long post because it’s basically one and a half years of thoughts on the subject of Japan.
I think it’s funny how this album completely embodies what HomeStuck is at its core yet simultaneously alters my perception of it. The songs are so beautiful and could easily be part of a major motion picture’s soundtrack. I can easily imagine the kids being in situations associated with the songs and I keep praying for the day when there’s a flash made with one of the songs (I don’t think it’ll ever happen, but I think it’d be all too fitting to have the final flash finishing the comic be all three “Revelations” songs). I tend to not like a lot of fan created things in the HS fandom because they don’t celebrate the real beauty behind the story (an example of art that does would be Lexxy’s pic “Together”). But this album fully captures the beauty and feelings of what I think are the central themes of HS: loneliness, friendship, loss, and triumph. In short: I’m utterly obsessed with this album.
One of my greatest memories with this album is riding my bike along the bike trail that runs along Lake Michigan while listening to this album. It’s a very beautiful trail filled with small hills, lots of trees, and many flowers. It was uncanny how parts of the music matched up with what I was seeing. As I was riding over the bumpier/hilly part of the trail, the rough parts of “Genesis” were playing. As I came out of the forest into a clearing of bushes full of flowers in full bloom, the bursting intro of “Eden” was playing. It was all so surreal. Yet fully real and beautiful. Thank you Tyler Dever and Erik Scheele. May you go on to great things.
I feel like people don’t talk about loneliness very much. Or are afraid to admit it. I’d like to believe everyone feels a deep feeling of loneliness almost all the time when not in contact with others or being distracted by something. But then I think I’m just projecting my own feelings onto others.
OK, let’s just get this out of the fucking way right now: yes, I’m 25 and I’m adult and I’m ranting on Tumblr about a problem that REALLY affects me, not something I can just brush off and say “Oh well, I should get over it”. I am one to exaggerate and be dramatic, but what I’m saying is all true and not a hyperbole. I know this is going to be perceived as “childish”, but whatever, I’m beyond that now. Putting the rest under the cut to see who actually reads this (and to not take up your precious dash so much).