My favorite Peter Pan production opens with the struggle between Peter and his shadow. Peter’s shadow is elusive and has no desire to be controlled. At times the shadow grows way out of proportion, and at other times it hides totally from vision. Through their entire struggle the shadow never stops moving in the effort to avoid capture. It is not until Peter gets help from Windy that he is finally able to have victory. It is a fun scene to start a great story.
What if you replaced Peter’s shadow with the word depression? For those that experience depression, they know it is a lot like Peter’s shadow. I want to share that there is hope. Adding more light reduces the power of depression. You can add light by acknowledging the shadow exists, both to yourself and to those around you. Also acknowledge you might need some help sewing things back together. Reach out and reach up for the light.