They say it’s the mother of all emotions.

I woke up today, a week since switching to a new antidepressant called Abilify, and felt a switch had flipped inside me. Very simple: the glass was no longer half empty. I was looking at the same things as before, but instead of seeing them as less than what I needed to feel whole, they felt like blessings on top of a sturdy foundation.

My days have been in flux since leaving my full-time job running a theatre. I have little to no day-day regularity. But I’m doing almost exclusively what I love to do these days: teach, write, perform. And I’m…