To even say that what I have is an illness is a big step for me. It has taken me 16 years just to start to accept this as being part of my life and to realize that it is a true medical illness. I always had a hard time dealing with people that would make comments about one person or another that was "depressed", mostly because I was one of those people. I realize depression is more recognized today than it was 16 years ago, but it's still difficult to realize that there are people out there that believe that it's something that those of us that suffer from Clinical Depression CAN just get up out of bed, get ourselves dressed, and do what we need to do. If it was that simple, don't you think we would be doing it? Who wants to feel that kind of penetrating sadness, the uncontrollable self-loathing thoughts, the muscle pains, lack of energy, and segregation from the rest of world? I can't think of anyone. So, I'm sorry tonight's blog is not upbeat, but it comes from my pain that's in my heart and soul. I need to purge it somewhere... Don't you agree?
On another note, I've made some additional goals. Yellow. I'm going to bring more yellow into my life. Quite a few years ago, I was seeing a therapist that asked me to choose a color that would explain how I felt when I felt good and full of energy as opposed to depressed with no energy to spare. I told her Yellow. She then asked me what things make me feel this Yellow. I could only think of one example... my younger sister, Emily. Coincidentally during the same time, she happened to give me a Live Strong band that my brother gave her and at that time she happened to have two and she decided to unselfishly give me one. As the majority of us know, the Live Strong bands are Yellow. I didn't realize it, but during the moments that I explained to my therapist that Yellow was my happy and what made me the happiest was
my baby sister, I realized I was turning the band over and over again on my wrist. So, I'm going to make a goal to spend more time with my Yellow girl. I know she will read this sometime soon. I want to tell her that I know it's tough, but always remember that you are the one and only thing that brought and still brings sunshine into my life when I needed/need it the most. I love you.
So those of you reading this think about your color and what makes you the happiest.
Here's a link to Live Strong's dares http://www.livestrong.com/dares/ take a peek.