Music is the ultimate cope. Reading about two high schoolers in a happy relationship is nice, but I don't find that it changes my frame of mind much, if at all. Holyland did profoundly a decade ago when I discovered it, but re-reading it or reading similar things does nothing for me now. Music, however, reliably puts me in a bunch of different mindspaces. Songs from Castlevania always take me back to when I made the first small steps toward taking charge of my life. Kinobe (and I guess lounge in general) tends to make me think about the future in a positive way, like "what if there were a way I could live in a highrise somewhere in the tropics, where it's summer all the time and everything is beautiful and I watch the sun set over the sea every evening?"
Too many people think in terms of what they don't
want, because they lack a clear vision of what they do want. Then they find that they have no way to a destination they haven't decided on, and get really depressed.>>990
Curiously, a lot of "those people" I mentioned have managed to invert it so that reality is pretty comfy compared to what they see through their nightmare-goggles.
I guess, ultimately, consumption of a thing is only as good as the sense of agency it gives you— to act as the agent of your own well-being.