Have you ever seen The Neverending Story? It was one of my go to fantasy movies as a child. It had it all that an angsty pre-teen needed. Misunderstood child who turns out to be the key to saving a world, a book, a quest, despair, fear but also love and hope.
It is a great movie and I never fail to laugh and cry even in the midst of it's cheesy 80s filmmaking technology. But the part that always makes me cry is the swamp of sadness. The swamp of sadness were dreary and it sucked the happiness right out of you.
I've felt a bit like that in the last few days. Not a depression so much as a slogging through waist deep muck of stuff that needs addressing. It may be the cold weather, or the fact that my sleep has been less than I'd like. It may be that I still really haven't able to unpack or get through the growing to-do list or the gnawing reality of finances, businesses, job stress and concern for some friends who are struggling. On there own nothing is so serious but they add up and soon you feel like your are sinking in a swamp.
*This is Falcor the Luck Dragon who saved Atreyu from the swamp of sadness in case you don't have quite as many geeky tendencies as me.