Sadness as a habit

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A response to Carvell Wallace’s piece, “On Sadness.”

It’s easy to slip into the habit of perpetual sadness. Your essay beautifully shares how sadness becomes a lens to see the world through.

I remember years ago, when I was younger, struggling to find my purpose and a point to it all, going through a divorce, and preparing for my 2 year old daughter’s open heart surgery. Sadness was like a cloud that hovered and casted a gray shadow over everything.

And years later, I remember sadness as my constant companion when I was weighing the pros and cons of a decision that would ultimately upend my life.

My point in sharing all this is to say that you are not alone in your state of perpetual sadness. We are everywhere: faking smiles, feigning feeling fine. Some of us are highly sensitive to the ebbs and flows of life; we wired to feel things more acutely.

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