Finding the right words to describe depression isn’t easy but leave it to Patton Oswalt to do it so eloquently. The actor-comedian — who has been open about his journey with grief and depression after his first wife, Michelle McNamara, died suddenly in 2016 — used a photo (which he took while in Paris with wife Meredith Salenger) to highlight the disorder. And while the visuals are gorgeous in a haunting way, it’s his advice for those struggling with the illness that makes it a truly beautiful thing.
If you can, make your depression look like this street. Bleak and rainy but there’s music and art and even comedy hiding in its lonely cafes and you can use those to escape. pic.twitter.com/uu3XgzLK8U
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) April 3, 2018
Oh, Patton. He’s always so profound and his insight beyond brilliant. He finds a way to make a person see something they may not have noticed, and does it in a way that doesn’t belittle or condescend. He makes the ordinary extraordinary. And people were grateful for Oswalt sharing his views.
That thought could save someone. Sometimes you just need the right escape and this is a nice one.
— BriBri 🌊 (@bmiriani) April 3, 2018
👊 I needed that today, thank you.
— Laura ✌ (@RoarSoftly) April 3, 2018
Holy shit, I do that! I escape from my depression for short periods, through watching comedy, reading, playing video games, cooking for my kids, and my sweet kitties. People don’t understand that you can laugh and smile while being in a protracted and deep bout of depression.
— David Kiser (@ImmortalEddie) April 3, 2018
This speaks to my soul. Thanks for sharing 🙏🏼
— Travis Hall (@RippedThemer) April 3, 2018
what a wonderful tweet. Twitter needs more of this.
— Avin R (@RUBB1SH_1) April 3, 2018
@pattonoswalt never lets me down.
— Dana Denman (@misshissy62) April 4, 2018
This the most beautiful thing another human has ever said. Thank you Patton. I needed this today. Even while depressed, may you all be full of art, life and love. 😁 The world can be beautiful once we manage to lift the veil.
— James Vai (@Vai_Smash) April 4, 2018
You find what works, whether it’s in the daily grind or clinging to moments of joy. And if every now and then you can find beauty where you least expect, relish that. Grab on and don’t let go.