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A prayer for the wild at heart kept in cages.

I just walked past a tree and heard a strange sound so I looked up and there was a guy sitting way up singing. College is literally so random and exactly what I expected

I will probably be absent from Tumblr for a little while as I pack up and move overseas, do forgive me and I’ll be back as soon as I can!


Robin Williams didn’t die from suicide. I only just heard the sad, sad news of Robin Williams’s death. My wife sent me a message to tell me he had died, and, when I asked her what he died from, she told me something that nobody in the news seems to be talking about.

When people die from cancer, their cause of death can be various horrible things – seizure, stroke, pneumonia – and when someone dies after battling cancer, and people ask “How did they die?”, you never hear anyone say “pulmonary embolism”, the answer is always “cancer”. A Pulmonary Embolism can be the final cause of death with some cancers, but when a friend of mine died from cancer, he died from cancer. That was it. And when I asked my wife what Robin Williams died from, she, very wisely, replied “Depression”.

The word “suicide” gives many people the impression that “it was his own decision,” or “he chose to die, whereas most people with cancer fight to live.” And, because Depression is still such a misunderstood condition, you can hardly blame people for not really understanding. Just a quick search on Twitter will show how many people have little sympathy for those who commit suicide…

But, just as a Pulmonary Embolism is a fatal symptom of cancer, suicide is a fatal symptom of Depression. Depression is an illness, not a choice of lifestyle. You can’t just “cheer up” with depression, just as you can’t choose not to have cancer. When someone commits suicide as a result of Depression, they die from Depression – an illness that kills millions each year. It is hard to know exactly how many people actually die from Depression each year because the figures and statistics only seem to show how many people die from “suicide” each year (and you don’t necessarily have to suffer Depression to commit suicide, it’s usually just implied). But considering that one person commits suicide every 14 minutes in the US alone, we clearly need to do more to battle this illness, and the stigmas that continue to surround it. Perhaps Depression might lose some its “it was his own fault” stigma, if we start focussing on the illness, rather than the symptom. Robin Williams didn’t die from suicide. He died from Depression*. It wasn’t his choice to suffer that.


Tom Clempsom


(Source: mollyfamous, via prendeville)


Washington state (and I’ll be stopping in Portland for a couple of days next week too) :)


Often film scores and instrumental tracks get me really emotional:

  • Time from Inception
  • Farewell Aragog from HP6 (don’t go judging until you’ve listened)
  • Keating’s Triumph from Dead Poets Society (especially poignant this week)
  • Threnody by Goldmund
  • and many many more

but then again

  • Holocene or Re: Stacks by Bon Iver
  • Between the Bars by Elliott Smith
  • Timshel by Mumford & Sons
  • Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley
  • Without Words by Ray LaMontagne
  • Wicked Game covered by Gemma Hayes
  • Wait by M83

Well I actually finish year 12 this Friday, so it’s funny you ask. I’m leaving for college in the US next week, and not sitting my exams because I don’t need the score. College in the US should be a fun adventure, and I would like to spend a year abroad, hopefully  at Oxford or St. Andrews. So that’s what I’ve got planned so far. Beyond that, not sure. Definitely lots of travel, though! How about you (assuming you are also in year 12)? And thank you very much!