Lexifabricographer For when the right word just won’t do…

March 3, 2008

Sometimes it’s a good life. Sometimes not.

Filed under: fitter/happier,musical challenge,news of the day — lexifab @ 1:35 pm

Once when I was a lot younger, I wrote a catchy novelty song parodying the search for purpose in an essentially meaningless universe. For reasons which will remain largely obscure to anyone else, I still think it’s about the funniest thing I’ve ever written. This recent rendition at a small cabaret in Brisbane by Evan and his comedian friend Liz Stitch is, I’m happy to assert, probably the best performance ever of “The Chorus Rhymes with Fire”, even if Liz doesn’t know what cachinnate means (and why would she?). It gets a laugh exactly where it’s supposed to, and I really couldn’t ask anything more.

The last couple of weeks have been a bit bleak outside the immediate circle of family and friends. This following bit is an unpleasant contrast to the previous, and one I would certainly have preferred to avoid. I’ll understand if you skip it.

One former work colleague suffering from depression committed suicide. Mick was one of those people full of life, drive and enthusiasm, as Fi likes to say. Though we hadn’t seen him for a few years, we had no reason to suspect how bad things had turned for him. According to the very brave eulogy given by his partner at the funeral – intended, I think, to give a sense of closure if not real understanding – Mick’s final weeks and months were full of self-doubt, claustrophobia and fear. I could not think of any emotional states less characteristic of the guy I knew. 

It seems almost impossible to talk about mental disorders of any kind, and depression in particular, without trivialising it somehow. I know that the thought that your own body chemistry can turn so completely against you that you become an entirely different person scares the shit out of me.

And as if that wasn’t bad enough, since then another work friend has lost a baby, stillborn.

A third, I learned this morning, lost his wife over the weekend after a long fight with cancer, months sooner than she was expected to live.

What can you say? Life seems to delight in cutting you off at the ankles sometimes. Grab hold of the good parts and hold onto them as tight as you can, because the bad parts will be along any time now.

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