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Going "Downtown"



"When you're alone and life is making you lonely
You can always go downtown"

That's how Mrs. Petula Clark's song "Downtown" starts and that was what Mr. Anthony Quinn Warner played before blowing-up his RV, downtown Nashville on Christmas Day. It was certainly a memorable way of calling it quits. May he rest in peace.

I would not usually write about suicide bombers but this man was not exactly your "usual" suicide bomber. He actually took the time to advise everyone to leave the area by playing a recording for roughly fifteen minutes, which told everyone that the RV was about to explode. So, he did not wish to kill anyone but he did wish to take his own life and make a statement in doing so. And that he did.

"The lights are much brighter there
You can forget all your troubles, forget all your cares"

The lights are certainly much brighter there and he made them even brighter for a flash of a second. It's down-town where many of us forget our troubles and our cares indeed. We go downtown to party, to eat at restaurants, to see shows, etc.

"Don't hang around and let your problems surround you
There are movie shows downtown"

For many years especially after my mother's death I struggled with depression. I looked around at all the happy people who went about living life, having fun, while I lingered deep in depression. Nothing helped for years. I could lay in bed psychologically numb, for days. No movie shows helped and problems never left either but "downtown" did seem to make other people happy.

"And you may find somebody kind to help and understand you"

That is the hope when one is stuck in a state of in depression: that somehow, someone might be able to help You because all is dark and You feel powerless. The pain is often quite unbearable. I've known some who have taken their life because they cannot endure the pain. The list grows.

I do wish perhaps as an ending of the year, or beginning of a New Year, that people will take more care of one another. As we go through our days, think of the ones in pain, think of the ones who are going through troubles and need help. It's not "downtown" that our problems will be solved but working with one another. Being there for each other, that's how we can make life better. Not going downtown.

"Things will be great when you're downtown
Don't wait a minute more, downtown
Everything is waiting for you, downtown"

Petula Clark - "Downtown"


Mr. Happy (author) from Toronto, Canada on January 01, 2021:

Thank You for stopping-by and leaving a comment, Mrs. Woods.

Everyone of course experiences some kind of depression but for some it is much more intense and dangerous. The lows are extremely low and last much longer thus, the situations are more difficult to overcome. It is for those people who we need more help in our societies, in my opinion.

Thank You once again and best of luck for 2021!

Mr. Happy (author) from Toronto, Canada on January 01, 2021:

Thank You for talking to them, Mrs. Norton. Sometimes people just need someone to talk to and so, very kind of You.

It's going to be tough this year as many have lost jobs, or had their incomes decreased but if we show more care for each other as You mentioned, we can create a smoother path for everyone.

All the best for 2021 - cheers!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on December 31, 2020:

It is sad when someone is so depressed enough to take their own life. At least in the case you cited, his intent was not to take others with him. More information about his motives will probably surface in time.

I think that we all suffer bouts of depression when we lose loved ones, etc. Fortunately, for most, it is temporary. As Mary Norton noted, we should all look out for one another as best we are able.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on December 31, 2020:

I love this song, Mr. Happy. I live in downtown Toronto, and I often walk through Queen St. W. I thought of all the homeless huddled in some corners. Sometimes, I talk with them. We need to show more care for each other, especially when many of our neighbors can no longer afford shelter.

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Mr. Happy (author) from Toronto, Canada on December 28, 2020:

Thank You Mr. Manatita.

All the best!

Mr. Happy (author) from Toronto, Canada on December 28, 2020:

Mr. Hansen, the nickname was given to me by some of my friends and it is unrelated to the topic at hand but the nickname fit at the time and it stuck around for about two decades now. I've had to learn to grow into it. It became a "responsibility" of sorts. As in: if Mr. Happy doesn't know what happiness is all about, who will? lol

All the best!

Mr. Happy (author) from Toronto, Canada on December 28, 2020:

Mr. Edwards, your profile page does not have an option for "contact". If You wish, You can click the "contact" button on my profile page since one is available and I will reply. I will say in short that there is no "simple solution" as the song might imply. There are solutions though.

Either way, I do wish You and your family all the very best!

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on December 28, 2020:

I agree this is a touching piece, Mr Happy. I can understand now to some extent the choosing of this name. My parents both passed away within a year of one another and it took me some time to get over that.

We all need to be aware of this often “invisible” illness. My wife as well as some other family members, and friends are also afflicted with depression. Thank you for sharing.

Allen Edwards from Iowa on December 28, 2020:

I only wish there were such a simple solution to the curse of: "mental health" disability, as simply following the instructions in those lyrics.

As a father of two men who suffer -- and have, for many years -- from that affliction, I find myself in a similar state.of depression, simply from the helpless feeling I experience in not being able to help them recover!

I would be greatly interested to learn about your road to overcoming the devil of depression..if in fact it has been truly thrown into the trash heap.

Also, Bill(billy buc), let me send you my deepest feelings of support in our shared experience of having kids who suffer so greatly!

manatita44 from london on December 28, 2020:

A truly solemn piece from you Bro, but expressed in a heart-felt and touching way. Depression is like a cloud of darkness that sticks, like glue. A searing pain. God bless this man's soul. RIP.

Mr. Happy (author) from Toronto, Canada on December 28, 2020:

Thank You, Mr. Bill. I appreciate your Being.

May Wakan Tanka always walk with You.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on December 28, 2020:

I love this, my friend!

We have two children, grown adults now, who suffer from depression. It is a constant battle for them, and we are very aware of the emotional tightrope they walk daily. Thank you for drawing attention to this. It is a problem which touches us all in one way or another.

Wishing you a New Year of peace and love!

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