“You aren’t going to believe the day I’ve had.”
My roommate looks up from watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer on the spotted blue couch that has been Depression HQ since my November breakdown.
“What happened?” she asks.
“I lost my job and my girlfriend almost broke up with me,” I say.
“Shit,” she says. “That’s not a good day. How are you?”
“Better,” I say. “I can do better. I don’t think I need to work at a job I hate.”
“And your girlfriend?” she asks.
“She deserves better than the dude I’ve been lately,” I say. “And she’s going to get it.”
“Where are you going?” she asks.
“To clean my room.”
So begins a journey by Michael Kimber, a 26 year-old journalist dealing with crippling depression and insomnia, who discovers no cure for mental illness except his decision to change.
“That day I started writing Colony of Losers.
A blog about falling on your face on your way to figuring out your future and the people that help you get to your feet. To honor my Colony who got me through the toughest time of my life. To tell their stories.
March 28th was the day I realized that no one could save me.
So I was going to do it myself.”
How to describe Colony of Losers? That’s difficult. It’s raw, brutally honest, original, dry, funny, and many other things. Read it for yourself, and make sure you watch Michael Kimber’s Insane Book Proposal. It left me speechless.