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Get up and move on by humon Get up and move on by humon

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And illustrated version of the song "Rejs dig op og kom videre" (Get up and move on) by Danser Med Drenge (Dancing with boys)

I like how they have songs for every level of problems. From the minor stuff like this one, missing family members you have lost contact with like "Kære lille søster" (Dear little sister), to the loss of loved ones like the song "Er der nogen i himlsen" (Is there anyone in Heaven), and songs for when the terrible things have happened and you come out on the other side like "En dejlig morgen" (A wonderful morning)

You can hear a live version of this song here… (It's in Danish)

EDIT: Because this is turning into a thing: This has nothing to do with mental illness. It might not translate well to English, but it's very clear in the Danish version that it's just about a person with bad luck who doesn't understand why life won't give them a break (things like a car braking down, or losing your wallet) and get so caught up in how unfair their life is that they forget to see the bigger picture.

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grim-puppet-demon Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014
god don't help for nothin he just gives you what he thinks you can handle.
he's usually right but w/e
BlueRoseKelly Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014
wow, that is awesome. :D
GothForHappyPeople Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
As a long-term sufferer of bad luck, I can't express how relevant this is!

I know you didn't mean it to be about mental illness or depression but, it does relate to me in those terms too. Depression is a very selfish disease, and it's easy to see the world being against you, however, sometimes taking the harder route of getting up and carrying on does make you feel better, and you do wake up to a wonderful morning. 

This is beautiful and it's put a well-needed smile on my face. Thank you.
Dennise Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014
Yay x3
towson Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You can say all you want it has nothing to do with mental illness, but the fact still remains that this is the same horribly cruel, insensitive diatribe that people with conditions like depression hear ALL THE TIME.

You're depressed? Oh, wah wah wah, just smile and try harder to be happy! Do something for someone else, get out there and do something fun and you'll be "all better"! Except we're not.

Things like this? They make us feel WORSE. They make up GIVE UP FASTER because they make us feel like people don't understand and don't care.

This is not beautiful. This is a horrific nightmare of lousy therapists and assholes who you thought were your friends.
MrKitkatWaffle Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I apologize in advance for any offense I may cause you, the reader. I also apologize for taking up your time with this comment. Thank you for your patience with me.

Now, I could go on about how i was once depressed, how i got over it, how there is hope, etc, etc, etc, or I could mumble about how you're being ignorant and not seeing how this whole piece works, or I could go on about how much you mean to the world and get over it smile smile sunshine cake to the face.

But, instead, Im just gonna speak some gibberish that you may or may not read.

Yea, I understand how depression works and what its like, but only as a strong emotion fueled by the mindset that I'm obviously not normal (i'll save you the sob story of like 99% of my life so far). I most likely won't understand medical depression. I won't know what you're going through, and you won't know what I'm going through, that's just how it is. Yes, I agree with you, telling people to shut up and smile on is all bullshit. It works for some people, but it doesnt work for others. And well, I guess my point right now is that I'll try to make everyone happy. Of course, this would be futile, because happiness cannot exist without sadness, for otherwise there would be nothing to compare it to, and it would not be an emotion. I don't know why I want to purify the world into a Utopia. I mean, I do know why (so that everyone is equal and happy), but I don't know why my brain decided to choose an impossible resolution.

I don't know where I'm going with this, I'm starting to babble like an idiot.

So let's cut to the chase, shall we?

I'm the opposite of someone that's self-absorbed. Instead of only caring about myself, I'm the only one I don't care about. That makes me ignorant.

Wait, no, I'm starting to babble again.

Ok. The point is, you're entitled to your opinion, I'm entitled to mine, and everyone else is entitled to theirs. I can't control who does or doesn't understand, but I'll try to help if you need it. Nobody's perfect, especially not me.

End of story.
WarriorNGoddess Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Professional Writer
I, as a longstanding sufferer of serious depression, agree.
towson Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I've been struggling with depressing for 16 years. That's more than half of my life. I've gone through times when I've been "better" and I've gone through times when I was "worse", but there has never been a time without depression looming. Even with medication.

I was subjected to the "If you just change your diet, you'll feel better" argument today.
UnluckyxSe7en Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
whoawhoawhoa, okay, look...

....there is absolutely nothing I can say right here to you that you aren't going to find offensive, because you're kind of in an 'offense is the best defense' mode. So. Let's move on to the point.

The artist did this based off of a song about people and bad luck. The artist wasn't trying to belittle you, or the shit you go through. Speaking as someone who's never been diagnosed with medical depression, I get that I don't know what you're going through, and that this doesn't mean as much to you because of that. Have I felt depressed? Hell yes. But do I go through medical depression? Definitely not.  

So, a different approach: You know what DOESN'T make you happy. You know what exactly pushes your buttons. You don't want fake understanding. So, as someone who DOES understand what you're going through, do you feel like there's a different message, approach, ANYTHING that you would find more palatable than this? If not, that's cool.
I don't want to assume too much, but I do imagine that it can get difficult to know what makes it better, from the sounds of it, when you struggle with it for so long. When this sort of emotion goes on for so long, it gets really, really hard to find something that DOES cheer you up, when nothing you do or other people do seems to work. I've experienced shorter spates like that, so I really, honestly, can't begin to imagine what it's like to live with it for sixteen years.

But I'm not sure the artist does, either, and that's not her fault. 

I get that you're tired of the assholes who tell you to just buck up and get over it. It isn't that simple - if it was, it wouldn't be such a worldwide issue that we try to use medicine to cure.
But I don't see how taking out your frustrations on the artist, well-meaning and not even directing this AT you, can ever. EVER. Make you feel better. 
What I don't get is why it doesn't make you feel worse. Or, if it does make you feel worse, why you would do that, to the artist and yourself.

Is this supposed to be a "get over it" speech?
It probably reads like one to you, but it's a "step back and take a moment to think about what you're doing in your rage and frustration and depression" speech.

Does that mean getting over it?
No. I'm not going to try to ask you to do something so big, when I don't even know you personally. I don't know your life, you don't know my life. You don't even know why I feel like I can say this shit, and I don't even know why you'll react the way you will.

But likewise, you don't know what humon was thinking when she drew this. Maybe she was thinking she'd like to make someone's day. Anyone's day. Someone who would appreciate the thought, even if it didn't necessarily help. 
Maybe she was thinking about this song, and what it meant to her, and so she drew it.
Maybe she just really likes the song, and it could have been any song, with any message, but it was this one, and so she drew it.

So while you're sitting here, frustrated... no, beyond that, beyond a word that can describe it, with your medical depression, you're inadvertently dragging everyone's day down with this response you posted.  You're bringing everyone down, and ruining the experience of anyone who happened to take a glance at the comments for this piece. Are you really so far gone you just want to drag everyone down into your personal hell so they can see how you feel? Or is it just that you have so many emotions to express, no way that adequately expresses them, and so you're taking it out on someone who didn't even know you? Who didn't even know you would see this?

Please don't take something meant to be simple and nice and turn it into a personal attack on yourself. Because yeah, you're mood's so low, it's not like being considerate to people will make it any better. But all you're doing is making it look like you're someone who's earned their depression. And that's not right either. You're just looking for the fakeness to stop and for some actual human empathy and attempt of understanding. That is a universal feeling, and while this isn't fake, it's not empathetic or understanding, either. It's a warped, self-absorbed action, and if you want to take it out on me for saying this, fine. It's not like I understand your problems, so if I'm wrong, feel free to correct me. 

But let the people whose days were made by this feel the cheer, okay? Just because it doesn't work for you doesn't mean you can just ruin it for everyone. You can rant about it in real life, to someone or to yourself. You can message a friend online and hate on it together. You can print out a thousand copies of the picture, and rip them all to shreds. But there's really no excuse for you to bring this to the open community and make a fuss when a lot of the people here who are commenting are obviously enjoying the piece.

Take your issues with it elsewhere, to someone who WILL care and empathize and understand; not to a community of whom the vast majority doesn't realize what an obviously personal offence this is.
MegBeth Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This... is beautiful

Love the progression in colours and everything :D
Life does get better; don't focus on the bad... nicely made!
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