Read to cope during a very down time in my life.

It’s a fact that You can feel bad… And still decide to take action — Stories of Lincoln helped me internalize this, in a way that self-help books couldn’t.

This was just 150 years ago, but everything was so different. Slavery. Work. Etc. It made me see how my thoughts and beliefs aren’t necessarily mine, but a mere product of my culture.

Started me on a history kick.

Read: Lincoln’s Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness by Joshua Wolf Shenk