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January 29, 2014 at 9:46 pm #49987
I am 13 years older than you and have had depression as a major part of my personality since I can remember. I have tried much of the same things you list and to this day they become a part of my routine. The thing is, it never completely goes away. I swing wildly sometimes and have even days other times. I can fake my way into and out of any situation. I hate it sometimes too. Lately though, what gives me comfort, is the fact that I have embraced it. It just is a part of who I am. I know it now, and I have all of those tools to help work myself out of the hole. Sometimes other techniques work better. There is always an underlying issue that feeds the depression. Because depression is a void. And it needs to be fed by something. A personal belief, a limitation, an old experience you haven’t gotten over that effects how you relate to others now. Try to see this as times to search for the growth you need to do. My bounce back times have been decreasing and my confidence has gone up. I know I will never rid myself of depression and I take some meds for it to keep me a little stable. But it’s still there, so since it is, I am giving it a great big embrace and asking it what I can do for it (myself). Each time I survive. I think about death as the ultimate relief as well. Daily sometimes. But I will never go that route. I (rational happy person) made a pact with the other (can’t get out of bed person). We must be partners and work for a balance. We must allow the both sides to exist and feel and not fight each other. Rational happy person can not banish depressed person, they must live in compassion. We must use our tools to find that balance and be a good example for others who have these tendencies and teach others there is nothing wrong with you because you have this or feel this way. You just have to manage it a little more. And through the management we get great strength to continue on and share through our own experiences. Life is perspective. Our thoughts and perspective are so fleeting. To make an ultimate judgement on one slice of time would be a tragedy. Keep up the good fight.January 29, 2014 at 9:25 pm #49983
Life is certainly tough. We don’t always get what we expect or want out of it. What we do get is the opportunity to learn and grow from challenges. You have already proved to be a very resilient person. Surviving through an eating disorder and depression I can tell you from personal experience too, it takes guts, stamina and something else that you may never understand to get through it all. It’s the something that I may never understand that keeps me going. I can point to several times in my life now where I have gotten so down that I never thought I could get back up. Recently I keep discovering a new bottom it seems each month. I hate to say it, but this kind of questioning and confusion doesn’t necessarily go away. It’s just how you manage it in life that changes. We can either decide to let the spin control us or you take the reigns and take the spin for a ride. This may seem hopeless and dreary now, but you never know where opportunity will come or what you are meant to learn or do from this experience. Sometimes, well most times, it has nothing to do with you personally. You may meet someone and have an impact on their life and never know it. All out of a seemingly negative time. Hindsight is very important. One thing I tell most young people is that it isn’t important for you to know what you want to do. We end up doing many things in life. Just try anything everything you think may bring you joy. And when it doesn’t, stop doing it. Look at life as an adventure in finding out what you don’t want to do. Makes it much more interesting in a way. Opens up opportunity to explore and alleviates the need to know and nail everything down in some kind of definition of self. Work inwardly on how you perceive the world and how you relate to others. Life inherently has no boundaries or limits. Know that you are the only one who can hold you back. These are easy words to say. Doing the work to free yourself is much harder. But know this… Awareness is half the battle. And you already have the recipe for a great wonderful life full of resilience, adventure, experimenting etc… It is easy to go down the negative spin. For every negative thought combat it with five positive ones, even if it has nothing to do with you. Our thoughts are habits and patterns that take time and diligence to change. Open yourself up to it. Embrace what you do have and search for the growth and opportunity life is presenting you. The world NEEDS you.October 28, 2013 at 5:04 am #44451
I am coming out of a 13 year relationship and divorce myself. We were only married for two years when things spiraled out of control. There is no explanation for it really. I still can’t make sense of it. It’s a combination of things. I begged for counseling and my husband just wouldn’t make the time for it. Sometimes people are just afraid of facing their own issues and the best thing we can do is let them go. I loved my husband the day I divorced him and still do in a sense. I hope he is happy and finds what he needs in order to be so. Too often we become these other people because we sink in the hurt and identify with the “it’s not fair” story or the “I’m not good enough” story. All of that is not true. You do need to work through the feelings as they arise and acknowledge everything you feel but beware of attaching any story lines or beliefs about yourself to those feelings. First thing I did was be sure I was filling my days with things that made me happy in some way. Exercise, meditation, going out with friends (not drinking), etc… Having little things that support you and give you respite is important. Second give up this power play. Is it his or yours? By giving into the back and forth you give it life and meaning. It’s not worth it. Just do what you need to in order to get out healthy. Work on you and where your beliefs and stories about yourself originate. You may find a lot of it has nothing to do with him and he is just a trigger, perhaps.
Your path is becoming different, it’s not damaged, nor are you. Things are changing, dramatically. Try to see everything through the lens of love and compassion. This is sooooo hard to do I know and I struggle with my own advice daily but I can tell you it works. And you don’t become a doormat or weak because you do so. It gives you immense strength to carve out your new way of being. People only do as best as they can with the tools and knowledge that they have at the time. Karma and other things come into play with a person’s growth and perhaps his just hasn’t blossomed yet. It has nothing to do with you other than you have shared a time in this world and have to move on for the better of you both.
I can’t speak about the intricacies of having children but I can speak of being a child of divorce. My parents lived miserably together for years and didn’t divorce until I was in my 20’s. They tried to hide and make things easy, then they just got nasty. Children no matter how young deserve the truth, they will go through this in different times of their life redefining it and you just need to be there for them giving them the answers they need. Teaching them now how to move through change and pain will be a great lesson for them on their level that they are at. Treat them with love and compassion and they will feel safe. For me it was always about my safety growing up and what this meant to me. I still go through some hurtful emotions and it’s been two years. Don’t expect to “get over” anything. It just becomes a part of you. I am sure when I find my next relationship things will come up too that I will have to muddle through but I am better for it now by taking all of those steps above. I can see the connection and origination within myself and work on it.
I read a lot of Buddhism to help me through it too. Unfettered mind is a podcast that really helped me too. Connect with the direction and life that you want to lead and do one thing everyday to reinforce that. It’s a accumulative effect and you will start to feel better and more in control. When you find yourself acting out of control ask yourself “is this who I want to be?” If the answer is no, take a step back, breath through it and take a different course. Don’t ignore anything you feel embrace it all. It’s a part of you now and you can use it to gain strength.
Hope any of this helps. Surround yourself with your support group. I had a friend that I reserved for late night phone calls who kept me sane. We all need that.