The Best Thing for Being Sad

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Learn something. I don’t know if that’s the answer for everyone but that’s what works for me. You mileage may vary, as they say in the ads for cars. But for the vast majority of the cases, it works. Learn something. The best thing you learn is that you are just fine just as  you are.

“The best thing for being sad,” replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow, “is to learn something. That’s the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then — to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learning is the only thing for you. Look what a lot of things there are to learn.”
— T.H. White, The Once and Future King

For me, the antidote to being sad — which is what I am most prone to be — is to learn something. Fortunately, there’s an amazing amount of antidote available for nearly free. Fact is that the stuff that I’d like to learn is inexhaustible. So much to learn, so little time.

Don’t be sad. But if you are, learn something. It may work for you, just as it does for me.

Author: Atanu Dey


2 thoughts on “The Best Thing for Being Sad”

  1. When I feel low, I usually do one of the following – go for a long jog/run, listen to music, or read an engrossing fiction novel. It always helps in taking my mind off things.


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