Refreshing, honest, real, and truly relatable in all aspects were my immediate reactions post-read. Like many other people around the world, I get sad, and have been sad for a very large portion of the 22 years that I have existed. I have no problem admitting that. Recently, I have started to be proactive in my search to finding happiness, and holding on to it with every bone, muscle, finger, breath, et cetra, that I have in my body. Coming to the realization that it wouldn’t be easy, but also accepting that my quality of life would greatly improve, made the first step in this journey seemingly effortless.
The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Fighting the Big Motherfuckin’ Sad by Adam Gnade was everything I needed to hear – or rather read – and everything I’ve ever been told (by parents, teachers, therapists, etc) in a more applicable format for myself. This zine is an anti-depression and “How-To” guide to lead you past your demons, the assholes, the dream-crushers, the “anonymous” hate mail, the obstacles, the day-to-day sadness, and most importantly, yourself.
Living a lawless life is about accepting the reality that existing is not a cakewalk for every individual. But it is also about realizing that people change, ideas change, dreams change, and learning how to adapt to these changes as well as use them as a tool in your eventual success is the most important thing you can do for yourself.
This zine may not be helpful or relatable to everyone out there who is living with depression, anxiety, or other mood disorders. And it didn’t, by any means, make my problems go away. But it made me have a lot of “A-Ha” moments, or moments where I thought to myself, “This is me. This is totally me.” I will definitely be returning to this zine when I have my own “Big Motherfuckin Sad” episodes, and probably even just for general interest purposes. (XurkelX)