Creature Comfort

How do you cope with your anxiety or depression?

The song “Creature Comfort” by Arcade Fire brings into light that there are a lot of things people do to cope, healthy or not.

I’ve been listening to the song non-stop, it seems, since last week. The more I listen, the more I hear and understand.

A creature comfort is (idiomatic, often plural) Any small item or detail that makes a person feel comfortable and at home.

Here are the lyrics:

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Creature Comfort

Arcade Fire –

“Some boys hate themselves

Spend their lives resenting their fathers

Some girls hate their bodies

Stand in the mirror and wait for the feedback

Saying God, make me famous

If you can’t just make it painless

Just make it painless

Assisted suicide

She dreams about dying all the time

She told me she came so close

Filled up the bathtub and put on our first record

Saying God, make me famous

If you can’t just make it painless

Just make it painless

It goes on and on, I don’t know what I want

On and on, I don’t know if I want it

On and on, I don’t know what I want

On and on, I don’t know if I want it

(On and on I don’t know what I want)

(On and on I don’t know if I want it)

(On and on I don’t know what I want)

(On and on I don’t know if I want it)

Some girls hate themselves

Hide under the covers with sleeping pills and

Some girls cut themselves

Stand in the mirror and wait for the feedback

Some boys get too much, too much love, too much touch

Some boys starve themselves

Stand in the mirror and wait for the feedback

Creature comfort makes it painless

Bury me penniless and nameless

Born in a diamond mine

It’s all around you but you can’t see it

Born in a diamond mine

It’s all around you but you can’t touch it

Saying God, make me famous

If you can’t just make it painless

Just make it painless

It’s not painless

She was a friend of mine, a friend of mine

And we’re not nameless, oh

It goes on and on, I don’t know what I want

On and on, I don’t know if I want it

On and on, I don’t know what I want

On and on, I don’t know if I want it

(On and on I don’t know what I want)

(On and on I don’t know if I want it)

(On and on I don’t know what I want)

Well if you’re not sure, better safe than sorry

Creature comfort, make it painless

Creature comfort, make it painless

We’re the bones under your feet

The white lie of American prosperity

We wanna dance but we can’t feel the beat

I’m a liar, don’t doubt my sincerity

Just make it painless

Creature comfort, make it painless

Na-na-na-na

Na-na-na na-na-na-na

(Na-na-na-na na-na-na)

(Na-na-na-na na-na-na)

Na-na-na na-na-na-na

Na-na-na na-na-na-na

(Na-na-na-na na-na-na)

Creature comfort, make it painless”

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When it comes to dealing with the pain of anxiety or depression you just want it to stop hurting!

The chorus of the song just asks for the creature comfort, whatever that may be, to make it painless.

Life is this thing that we all go through and we are affected in different ways. No one can tell you how to perceive a situation and something that is traumatic to you may not be to someone else.

Life is painful and cruel to a lot of people. Sadly, some people chose to end the pain. Like the song says, it may end that person’s pain but it causes pain in the lives of others.

We all face it, we all feel it and I am one of those girls that cuts themselves. I haven’t cut myself in years, but it’s a demon I face when I cannot cope with my anxiety or depression.

I go to therapy and I take medication. I am not “alright” and it takes work to keep from being sucked into the Tempest that rages.

There’s no making life painless.

The Fire Beast

Deep inside of me there is a beast. A beast that whispers things and tells me things. Dirty, mean little things.

This beast is of fire and flames.

Slowly, it breaks me down. It destroys me.

I try to run, but there is no escape from this masterful beast.

The Beast is of my own making and it resides within my mind. Weaving webs of deceit and lies. Punishing me for everything, including what I have not done. It is tireless and relentless. Feeding off of my self hate and loathing.

The Fire Beast is my anxiety.

Just Make it Painless

People who suffer from depression hide how they feel.  Often, they feel ashamed of their feelings and feel like no one will understand what they are going through or what it is like.

The truth is, that mental illness tends to be swept under the rug.

When people think of “diversity and inclusion”, people tend to think about gender equality, race equality, sexual orientation equality, and Autism.  Which is all fine, but what about people who suffer from anxiety and depression?

Why is depression and anxiety swept under the rug?  Why is it socially  acceptable to be homosexual, but not to be depressed?

What I find truly interesting that depression has a place in music.

Look at the lyrics of the song ‘Creature Comfort’ by Arcade Fire:

“Some boys hate themselves
Spend their lives resenting their fathers
Some girls hate their bodies
Stand in the mirror and wait for the feedback

Saying God, make me famous
If you can’t just make it painless
Just make it painless

Assisted suicide
She dreams about dying all the time
She told me she came so close
Filled up the bathtub and put on our first record

Saying God, make me famous
If you can’t just make it painless
Just make it painless

It goes on and on, I don’t know what I want
On and on, I don’t know if I want it
On and on, I don’t know what I want
On and on, I don’t know if I want it
(On and on I don’t know what I want)
(On and on I don’t know if I want it)
(On and on I don’t know what I want)
(On and on I don’t know if I want it)

Some girls hate themselves
Hide under the covers with sleeping pills and
Some girls cut themselves
Stand in the mirror and wait for the feedback
Some boys get too much, too much love, too much touch
Some boys starve themselves
Stand in the mirror and wait for the feedback

Creature comfort makes it painless
Bury me penniless and nameless
Born in a diamond mine
It’s all around you but you can’t see it
Born in a diamond mine
It’s all around you but you can’t touch it

Saying God, make me famous
If you can’t just make it painless
Just make it painless

It’s not painless
She was a friend of mine, a friend of mine
And we’re not nameless, oh

It goes on and on, I don’t know what I want
On and on, I don’t know if I want it
On and on, I don’t know what I want
On and on, I don’t know if I want it
(On and on I don’t know what I want)
(On and on I don’t know if I want it)
(On and on I don’t know what I want)
Well if you’re not sure, better safe than sorry

Creature comfort, make it painless
Creature comfort, make it painless

We’re the bones under your feet
The white lie of American prosperity
We wanna dance but we can’t feel the beat
I’m a liar, don’t doubt my sincerity

Just make it painless
Creature comfort, make it painless

Na-na-na-na
Na-na-na na-na-na-na
(Na-na-na-na na-na-na)
(Na-na-na-na na-na-na)
Na-na-na na-na-na-na
Na-na-na na-na-na-na
(Na-na-na-na na-na-na)
Creature comfort, make it painless”

Here’s a link to a website where they talk about the meaning behind the song: The meaning of the song ‘Creature Comfort’ by Arcade Fire

I find it interesting that they point out that the person that they are singing about that killed herself was their friend and it was not painless.  It, also, points out the white lie of American Prosperity.

The song dives into the mind of someone who is depressed and to the ledge looking over the edge.

…Some girls hate themselves
Hide under the covers with sleeping pills and
Some girls cut themselves…

…Saying God, make me famous
If you can’t just make it painless
Just make it painless…

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Depression is still a blight on society and there is no one to champion awareness of depression or anxiety.

Depression pushes people to hate themselves and to the point that the just want to make it all painless.  Painless make be a bottle of sleeping pills or cutting oneself.

Awareness is needed and people who are depressed need to know that they are not alone and do not have to go through it by themselves.

Even if you don’t understand or cannot fathom the thoughts that are behind what someone is going through, do what you can to help them find that light at the end of the tunnel.

Mad World

Sometimes you watch the news or hear things in the world around you realize that the world is quite Mad.

The song “Mad World” by Gary Jules is a very deep song. I’m the kind of person that when I listen to music sometimes it touches my soul and it leaves a little footprint. This song has left a print on my soul.

I heard about the chemical attack in the United Kingdom and the song “Mad World” came to mind. The world is in turmoil and hate around us in this Mad World we live in and it seems like little things become forgotten.

You hear about activists raising up about AR-15’s. Incidentally, AR stands for the name of the company that makes them… ArmaLite and the 15 is the model. They want to outlaw this gun, because in their King George madness they think it means Automatic Rifle.

Yes, AR-15’S are cheap and easy for any law abiding citizen. But those aren’t the guns that are used in homicides. Those are the weapons used by the Military and the Police to protect the law abiding citizens. As Sheriff John Clark would say, “Check your facts”. The facts are that most shootings involve 22 caliber pistols. And most shootings are self inflicted.

Ok, self inflicted. That means that some people are out there shooting themselves, because they do not know about proper gun safety. But what about the other self inflicted shootings? The ones no one wants to talk about…

If the government takes guns away, it might help keep the untrained people safe from themselves but what about the percentage that are use guns for their way out?

If you take away their guns, will knives, pills, and telephone cords be outlawed?

My point is this… You can outlaw a means, but until you address the true problem you cannot stop people from killing other people or themselves.

According to the Bible Cain killed his brother Able with a cow jaw. Plus, there are a lot of historical stories of people dying from anything but a gun shot wound.

With that said, there are records of murders and people want to stop people from killing people but where are the lobbyists screaming to stop suicide? Where are the celebrities that are out there to stand up and say, “it’s not that bad”? Or the celebrities donating money or time to organizations to help people who are suicidal?

I just feel like the World would rather not worry with depression. The healthcare programs provided by Obamacare do not cover treatment for Depression. Let that sink in for a bit.

So, yes there are programs and organizations that help people with depression, but where are the advocates and the champions?

The lead singer of Audioslave, Soundgarden killed himself in his hotel room. Chris Cornell was at his prime. He had won grammys and was getting ready to release a new album. But when he did not return his friend’s calls he was found in his hotel bathroom hanging.

Where was the outcry and outrage then? A band member put his phone number on Twitter and said that if anyone needed help with their depression to reach out.

So, in this world we live in people are more concerned about animal cruelty and outlawing guns that don’t kill people. But they are not concerned with the people that are on their ledge looking down and ready to jump.

Why are there no spokes people? Well, because people do not understand why someone would want to harm his/herself.

Until that day comes… Remember that you are not alone and there are people out there to help you.

God, how do you want me to do this?

Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. – Colossians 3:2

Life in itself can be overwhelming.

It’s like the saying goes, “As soon as one part of your life gets better, another part falls apart”.

Life for the most part is a series of changes and challenges. How you face these changes and challenges is what defines you as a Christian, or a good person.

God calls people to Him and he calls people to do things. The difficult part is how you handle this thing called Life. Life is wrought with challenges. God puts these challenges out there to test you. The big question is… How do you handle the challenge?

The biggest challenge and the hardest step you can take is to open your heart to God and pass everything over to Him.

Some days you are going to wake up and you are going to feel like everything is against you. You may go to a doctor and receive some news that scares you. But this is all part of Life and Life is a journey.

It’s so hard to open yourself up and be vulnerable with anyone, but with God it takes a lot of Faith. It won’t be easy to open your heart and take that leap. You will question your faith and you will question everything. But in the end it’s a mindset.

Faith is a state of mind and being. You have to be able to be open.

When you’re struggling find a Bible, or look on the web. Open it to a random page and read. You have to create that connection between you and God. You have to make that first step.

Then, when things happen in your life and you feel hopeless… Remember Moses and the Jews traveling through the desert. They faced trial and tribulations. But remember that they aren’t the only ones that spent time in the desert. Jesus had his time of trials on the desert and John the Baptist lived in the desert.

God likes to test his people in the desert, but the desert doesn’t have to be literal. The desert can just be life. You have to decide how you’re going to handle the challenges, but it’s important to remember that when God calls us there’s usually a calling.

The calling won’t be obvious and God’s ways and words are not neither. It’s important to look at what God gives you and realize that behind it all is a greater purpose.

Thoughts… Or should I say Rabbit Trail?

I have heard people say two things that intrigue me, since I have been going to southern baptist bible studies:

  1. Put it at the cross.
  2. Get behind me Satan.

“Put it at the cross”, means to that you have to have the faith to take all of your worries, anxieties, and troubles and put them at the foot of the cross before Christ, before God.

“Get behind me, Satan”, means that you may be having some troubling thoughts or feelings and you are rebuking him and taking his power from him. This goes with the old wife’s tale of throwing salt over your shoulder. You’re throwing the salt over your shoulder to ward of any demons and/or evil that may be sneaking up behind your back. So, the next time you spill salt and throw it over your shoulder think about it getting Satan in the eyes. 😉

Now, why do I bring these up? Well, I really mean only to talk about the first one, but could not resist sharing the useless information from my brain that I have regarding the second statement. I have this horrible problem of absorbing useless information and regurgitating it. Sometimes when I’m nervous it happens and everyone stares at me like I’m crazy. Sometimes when it is pertinent information and everyone stares at me like I’m crazy. Thus is the burden of the introverted brain…

Back on topic…

“Put it at the cross”.

My friends, my readers, Romans and countrymen… this is not any easy task. Nope, nope, nope, nope… The mind of the introvert really loathes the idea of giving up on fixing everything itself. But the mind too, will concede that there are times it is powerless.

Everyone has that moment of hopelessness where everything is spinning wildly out of control. These are the moments that you have to grab it, put it in a wooden crate, nail down the lid and place it at the foot of the cross. Why? Because YOU do not have the power or the knowledge to control every little thing that happens. But there is someone who does…. God.

God is omnipotent and He has a plan for everyone and everything. Which means that everything happens for a reason, His reason. God wants us to know that we are not alone EVER and He’s got this, this thing called “Life”. We just need to have FAITH in Him and give Him our hearts, souls, minds and body’s.

Here are the lyrics to the song “Colours” by GroupLove. I find this song deep and it’s about “Life” and trials.

“I am a man, man, man, man

Up, up in the air

And I run around, round, round, round

this down town and act like I don’t care.

So when you see me flying by the planet’s moon,

You don’t need to explain if everything’s changed

Just know I’m just like you.

Huh. Ha.

Huh. Ha.

Huh. Ha.

Huh. Ha.

So I pull the switch, the switch, the switch inside my head.

And I see black, black, green,

and brown, brown, brown and blue, yellow, violets, red.

And suddenly a light appears inside my brain

And I think of my ways,

I think of my days

and know that I have changed.

It’s the colors you have

No need to be sad.

It really ain’t that bad.

It’s the colors you have

No need to be sad.

You’ve still got your hand

So Mistress, Mistress have you been up to the roof?

He shot himself, self

There’s blood on the wall

‘Cause he couldn’t face the truth.

Oh, knock that down,

leave the ground and find some space

And tell your friends, friends,

You’ll be back again, gain

Before it’s too late.

It’s the colors you have

No need to be sad.

It really ain’t that bad.

Oh, It’s the colors you have

No need to be sad.

It really ain’t that bad

It’s the colors you have

No need to be sad.

You’ve still got your hand

So I am a man, man, man, man

Up, up in the air

And I float around, ’round, ’round this downtown

And know I shouldn’t care.

So when you see us there out in the open road

You don’t need to explain

If everything’s changed

Just know that you don’t know.

We call it… (Life)

Oh yeah, that’s what we call it.

We can’t call it at all.

We call it… (Life)

Oh yeah, that’s what we call it.

When you can’t call it at all.

Yeah, We call it (Life)

Oh yeah that’s what we call it.

(Oh)

We do it for… (sweet love)”