@SomebodyElse OMFG ME TOO.
Wow this column really hit me in the soft parts. Amazing stuff!
Also: why WHY do men want to molest me when I'm doing the dishes? PLEASE STOP.
LW: Clearly from your self-description, you are depressed. Do whatever it takes to get un-depressed. Polly's advice is AWESOME, and I will only add to that: if you are a drinking person, consider stopping for a bit. Alcohol is NOT the friend of the depressed person.
Also: if you have millions of little projects/hobbies and none of them seem to ever get done, try prioritizing just the one or two most important ones. I find that multiplying/diversifying my focus means I can never succeed (or fail!) at any one of those projects, thus no forward motion or definitive action results. If I can concentrate on just one or two things, tho, I can really create something that has worth to me. And I happen to REALLY like that feeling.
I have to say I actually would buy those gloves.
@RDM Mainly due to the obvious, overweening narcissism.
Abe, do you know if his enthusiasm for Harleys pre-dates 2013? That also seems SOOOOO put-on to me.
I might argue that politicians in hunting drag are not pandering to hunters (who I'm sure couldn't care less) but rather to suburban soccer dads and joes-sixpack, for whom "hunting" is as AMUHRIKKIN as mom and apple pie.
I so wanted to hate this LW but actually he seems like a fairly normal person. I have made SO MANY of the same assumptions in my relationships. But the world will not end and your GF will not deflate absolutely if you make a change. You can value her independence by actually instantiating it. Years from now, she may thank you. Maybe not personally, but in the comments section of an online advice column. Or something.
@quarterback how very generous of you! Yes clearly it's other people's fault you have the attention span of a may fly.
@mmmcheese: yet if a doctor told you you had cancer, wouldn't you investigate mitigation techniques, like drugs/surgery/chemo/nutrition, etc? I doubt you would merely resign yourself to cancer, despite it being "not your fault".
Depression sucks. And it's noone's fault! But we can all do things that either mitigate or exacerbate the symptoms of depression, and I believe that's what Polly is suggesting here.