July 24, 2017
I can’t remember if I’ve mentioned this here, but fairly recently, a friend of mine, who is an atheist/agnostic, depending on the day, called me out on something. She said, “Listen. You believe in this God who takes care of you. You believe in a God who created you and loved you. That should make a difference in your life.” She went on to explain that this was something she (and a to of people) didn’t have. She doesn’t believe there’s any higher power or anything past humans, and she thinks that if I believe that, my life should reflect it. I should have more hope than people without this.
She explained it better, but you get the idea. If I believe in a loving God, who I can even TALK to, why doesn’t this make a difference?
I need it to make a difference. Either I believe this or I don’t. If I do, then I should, well, not give up worry entirely, because I’m human, but I should have a basic confidence that God is with me. Who can be against me? What can “man” do to me? I shouldn’t be afraid of housing prices or illness or anything else, but have a “peace that transcends all understanding.”
I know that a lot of people who read this are not necessarily people of faith, but many of you are. Do you have any ways to remember this, really deep down? As someone very very prone to anxiety and depression, this is essential for me to not go down.
July 23, 2017
So, yesterday something, don’t know what, prompted me to share the blog. I made a facebook list of people who were safe, mostly because they weren’t related to me and I didn’t work for or with them, and put it up. I don’t know exactly what I was looking for, but I got a lot of empathy and a lot of relating. People I don’t know well commented that they totally understood. And for some reason, it helped.
I probably won’t keep it up – I don’t really want my name associated with this, and if you read back, you may understand why. But sharing it did two things: it made me feel much less alone and, in reading back to some of my early posts, it made me realize how incredibly far I’ve come and how much healing has taken place. I’m grateful for that. I hope it helped someone else too.
June 11, 2017
…they really work. I feel like a normal person again. I hope it lasts!
I’ll be traveling soon, so I’m not sure when I can check in but I will when I can!
May 29, 2017
This long weekend has been boring. Happily boring, which is a new thing for me.
I used to equate boredom with depression. When I was really young, I would say I was bored and mean I was really sad or lonely and didn’t know what to do. It actually took me years to realize that boredom and depression are two different things because boredom was such a trigger for my depression. I just didn’t have the right word for it.
In college, one three-day weekends, many people would go visit their families, of course. I usually stuck around and I was lonely and bored. And really, really, severely depressed. Again, it seemed like the same thing for me. It’s a visceral memory for me – being in the quiet dorms with just the out of state students left for company. I’d walk and walk and read and read and try to outrun the feelings.
So you can see why it felt like a minor miracle that this weekend has been extraordinarily boring and restful and it feels fine. This is what mundane progress looks like.
May 7, 2017
Today is one of those. Depression and sleep deprivation from changing my medications and not being used to them and not knowing if it’s the right combination. And grief. Still with the grief from the loss of my relationship, now over a year ago.
There were so many things I wanted to do today. I just can’t. I’m going to bed. But I did survive.
April 10, 2014
I’m guessing I’m not the only one who has this issue. I find myself constantly (actually, less constantly than before, so I suppose that’s progress? Incrementally getting better?) fighting against the voices is my head, which is exhausting. I have to actually consciously think – almost talking back to them – and point out that I’m not stupid, I’m not worthless, my future is not hopeless, I’m not unlovable. It’s gotten better and I start thinking that it’s gone; when all of a sudden I hear that voice start talking back to me. It’s so much easier to just listen to it. I still keep fighting it because I really do know that it’s better for me to not give in, but does it have to be so difficult?
May 6, 2013
I’ve talked about my nightmares before and how that’s one of the things I consider to be a miracle. Granted, I have no idea why God ever permitted such horrible nightmares, and I’m often very angry about that, but I’m also able to be glad for the healing (although I’d really really like an explanation!)
Today I was taking a nap, suffering from allergies and Benadryl and all that fun stuff so the nap wasn’t very restful but I was having a hard time waking up. All of a sudden, mostly asleep, I had this strong sense that the depression was back and I’d feel like this forever. This was a pretty common element of my nightmares before and I’d often wake up and not really recover from it all day. Today, even still mostly asleep, I felt something telling me “This will pass, this too shall pass.” In my dream. And I woke up and I was OK. Minor and miraculous at the same time.