On the down days, Danny does write Courage, or rewrite it. If that isn’t enough, he leaves and walks. And just walks all around campus. It’s come to the point that if people see Danny walking around—just walking, looking around, no books in hand, no apparent reason—they will come running out of their respective houses (doesn’t matter what House, they see him they invite him in or they run out and talk to him).
If that STILL doesn’t work, he goes back to the school pool and dives in. He won’t do laps, he won’t do anything except float on his back and stare at the sky, thinking and thinking about the whole world. Literally anything. And then following that train of thought until you don’t know why you suddenly want a sandwich.
The object of this whole exercise is to turn away from the dark thoughts. Being alone in your usual environment won’t help Danny—he had been alone a lot before. He has to go out and look at the world and see other people living their lives and see all the other stuff the world has to offer, float on his back and stare at the sky and making himself understand that there is so much more that he had never seen. He is one person in the world. There is a bigger better world out there and if people like him throw in the towel now, nothing will change for everyone else. Who else might be having this problem? If he got up, if he kept going, he can make change. He could help. He could do better, try as hard as you can.
That no matter how hard the bad times get, the bad times are not enough reason to stop and drop everything, because they are not permanent. That no one knows anything that will happen tomorrow, an hour from now, a minute from now. Everything can change in a second.
And that future is still worth seeing.