Why the daily Grateful lists?

I suffer from depression and anxiety. It’s something I have lived with for most of my life. These past few years have been particularly hard. Why? I can’t say. Maybe it’s that I’m only a year away from 40, maybe it’s the stress of the current sociopolitical climate, or maybe I’m just getting tired, I really don’t know.

A friend recently suggested writing a daily list, reminding myself of what I have to be thankful for. It helped him get his demons under control so maybe it would help me. So…I started a blog.

I’ve always liked writing. I’ve written short stories, poems, lyrics to songs that I performed with friends. You might have heard or read some of my stuff, it’s not likely but it’s possible. Maybe I’ll share some of my old work with you some time.

This blog allows me to do write again but on my own terms. To put my words and thoughts in one place and send them out into the ether for you to read and think about. If you like what I write, great, if not, well the words are still here for all to see.

I know the depression and anxiety will never completely go away, that’s not how it works. But you can control them, you can temper them, you can use them. It’s a journey that, like being on an ocean, has its ups and downs. You just have to be ready to face those waves.

Thank you for joining me on my journey. It’s nice to have you here. I’m Grateful you made the time to travel with me, no matter how short or long it is. Till next time.

Late To The Game 9/17/17

3 thoughts on “Why I post ‘Things I’m Grateful For’ each day…

  1. Honestly, I have lived with depression around me for a lot of my life. My own father suffered from it, and I have supported a very good friend of mine who has been going through it in a very bad way the past few months. That last named one got to me the most. It is hard to at times see someone you love, go through a daily struggle, and when you true to support them on very bad days even have them lash out at you. What’s even harder is at times not getting a thank you, or as is currently the case being neglected because she now has found someone who might turn into her boyfriend. And that leads to me having to deal with a lot of anxiety. I wasn’t kidding when I said that I would be grateful if I would have one day without anxiety, because currently I don’t have those. I try to remain cheerful, try to be thankful for a lot of things, but at times it is really hard.
    I think it is very brave of you to be so open about this, and I think it is terrific of you that you have started this blog to help you deal with things. I wish you all the best and good luck with things. I will continue to follow your blog and your posts, as I think they are truly wonderful 😊

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    1. It’s not easy. Trust me. But I have found more and more that being open like this makes it easier to deal with because you learn that you are not suffering alone. That there are others going through the same things you are and each person has unique ways to deal with it. You learn from those ways and sometimes find one or some that help for a time. Had I not opened up to a friend I would have never been given the idea to write about the things I am grateful for. Then I wouldn’t have started this blog. It’s funny how things get started. I appreciate your comments and discussion. Please, keep them coming. You are always welcome to chime in on my blog.

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