Wednesday, 17 June 2020

Appointing a Mentor

There are many famous, high-functioning people out there who are suffering from (or have suffered from) major depressive disorder.

Walt Whitman
It's a good exercise to appoint yourself some mentors. Remember that having depression doesn't necessarily prevent you from doing great things. Some of the world's greatest writers, artists, poets, songwriters and politicians have been depressed. Here is my list of top depressives (mainly selected from Wikipedia's list):

  • Caroline Ahern
  • Woody Allen
  • Richard Ashcroft
  • Charles Baudelaire
  • Samuel Beckett
  • Marlon Brando
  • Charles Bukowski
  • Robert Burton
  • Kate Bush
  • Geezer Butler
  • Alastair Campbell
  • Jim Carrey
  • Johnny Cash
  • Winston Churchill
  • Eric Clapton
  • Kurt Kobabin
  • Leonard Cohen
  • Phil Collins
  • Joseph Conrad
  • Ian Curtis
  • Charles Darwin
  • John Denver
  • Charles Dickens
  • Emily Dickinson
  • Monty Don
  • Nick Drake
  • Bob Dylan 
  • Christopher Eccleston
  • Keith Emmerson
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Robert Frost
  • Stephen Fry
  • Tyson Fury
  • Peter Gabriel
  • Cary Grant
  • Graham Greene
  • Tony Hancock
  • Ernest Hemmingway
  • Anthony Hopkins
  • Janice Ian
  • Billy Joel
  • Samuel Johnson
  • Franz Kafka
  • John Keats
  • Jack Kerouac
  • Stanley Kubrick
  • Hugh Lawrie
  • John Lennon
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Henri Matisse
  • Paul McCartney
  • Ewan McGregor
  • Paul Merton
  • Spike Milligan
  • Morissey
  • Edvard Munch
  • Les Murray
  • Isaac Newton
  • Bill Oddie
  • Al Pacino
  • Gwyneth Paltrow
  • Charlie Parker
  • Sylvia Plath
  • Edgar Allan Poe
  • Keanu Reeves
  • Mark Rothko
  • J.K. Rowling
  • Bertrand Russell
  • Siegfried Sassoon
  • Martin Scorsese 
  • Peter Sellers
  • Anne Sexton
  • Frank Sinatra
  • Elliott Smith
  • Robert Smith
  • Andrew Solomon
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Michael Stipe
  • William Styron
  • Quentin Tarantino
  • Catherine Tate
  • James Taylor
  • Hunter S. Thompson
  • Greta Thunberg
  • Leo Tolstoy
  • Vincent Van Gogh
  • Kurt Vonnegut
  • Tom Waits
  • Roger Waters
  • Evelyn Waugh
  • Ruby Wax
  • Walt Whitman
  • Robbie Williams
  • William Carlos Williams
  • Brian Wilson
  • Virginia Woolf
  • Thom Yorke

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