Me and Art
Excerpted from Art Buchwald’s autobiography Leaving Home: A Memoir, ©1993:
But a funny thing can happen to you in a depression. If you don’t hurt yourself, you can gain tremendous insights and empathy, find inner strengths and hidden talents. It’s mysterious process, but if you can hold on, you become a wiser and better person.
That’s why, when the second depression hit me in 1987, I wasn’t as frightened. It was just as vicious as the first, but this time I knew I could come out of it a stronger person, and I did.
I had similar experiences, and arrived at the same conclusions.