Word for Wednesday – Incorrigible


Incorrigible

/ɪnˈkɒrɪdʒəbəl/
adjective

  1. beyond correction, reform, or alteration
  2. firmly rooted; ineradicable
  3. (philosophy) (of a belief) having the property that whoever honestly believes it cannot be mistaken

I would never describe myself as being “beyond correction”. Indeed, I’d be very surprised if there weren’t a single day that passes when I am not corrected on some aspect of something I have said or done.

I am, however, pretty much beyond reform or alteration, a lost cause, a hopeless case. These are not necessarily bad things, just a statement of who I am and the way I perceive myself to be.

I am, however, comfortable in who I am. There are times when I don’t particularly like myself; my depression leads me often into periods of dark self-loathing. My depression is, however, for good or ill, a part of who I am. It’s a part of what makes me the person the people who like me like. They might wish I were generally happier in life, but they too recognise that my depression shapes my personality, my sense of humour, and all the other things that make me the person I am. I would not be who I am without it and, in that respect, incorrigibly a part of me.

KW

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