I'm sure that all of you know at least one person who has suffered(s) from depression. It is very interesting how when I grew up in Romania I had no clue about this word, it was really not part of our vocabulary. Instead, we had a milder word, melancholia, used perhaps more in Russia. If you've ever had the curiosity to read books by classic Russian writers such as Turgheniev or Chekov melancholia was very much a subject talked about in story lines. I seldom came across the concept in "working" classes, more often in priviledged circles. One of the main reasons was the desperate lack of purpose and the restrictions that women had to endure at the end of 1800 (being pretty, finding a suitable husband, having children and organising good parties).
Have a look at this short clip from one of my favourite Russian movies called "Cruel romance" .....
Women who did not engage in this limited number of activities ..... suffered from .......melancholia. In todays interpretation they were depressed, any form of passion was missing from their lives. The gypsy bands, very popular among the more wealthy Russians, were always the ones singing about the pain, healing the wounds that so many carried with them.
Flamenco ..... this is what it does as well ....... it shouts about the pain, mine, yours, it brings it to the surface, it exudes from your chest and helps you breath more smoothly for a while. What else? It reminds you that feeling alive is possible, it reminds you to express yourself, to check whose life you are living ....... yours or the life of others who thought they knew better for you?
Depression in todays society is not an easy subject, the reasons are many .... but, by God, one reason is lack of purpose, lack of passion, lack of clarity about ones feelings .... and lack of curiosity. If you want to get better, ask yourself what are(were) you passionate about. Ask yourself what passion means for you ........and don't wait ... go for it .... reclaim the passion in your life!
Listen and watch the video clips .... can you feel the pain and the passion my friends? And it really doesn't matter if you do not understand the words. You can still feel it!