You may have heard me mention Seasonal Depression now and then. Well, it’s fast approaching winter, and that means less concentration for me, general tiredness and the start of the blues.
But I am constantly having to remind myself:
I really don’t have anything to genuinely be unhappy about. So, even though I may be feeling down, other than SAD being the reason, I HAVE NOTHING TO BE UNHAPPY ABOUT.
I have, 1. Friends and family that love me.
This is obvious. I get together with them occasionally. Like today, going to hang out with the girlies!
2. A boyfriend that loves me.
He actually seems kind of grumpy today, but I think that is because he has to work and I have the day off.
3. A job that I like and people who I like working with.
I really do enjoy working with the people I am with right now. Even though the job is only temporary, they have been so welcoming and it has truly been a good experience for me.
4. I live in a great location.
Our new place is a mile a way from parks in any direction. We have access to great restaurants, book stores (which is a good thing for me) and a farmer’s market.
5. There is a lake a mile down the road.
We live near a lake. I love living near water. Although colder in the winter, I’m sure, there is something relaxing about hearing the water and seeing the waves rolling into the shoreline.
6. We have all our basic needs covered.
I have a place to live, food to eat and clothes…the last one which I bought more of this weekend. I may not have a lot of money. But we have enough to live healthily.
7. I have a car.
I have a vehicle to get where I need to be. And even though my car sometimes needs care all on its own, it is something for now and I am thankful for that.
8. I have my writing.
I have more time to write now that I am working lesser hours. And I use poetry to express my thoughts, especially when something is troubling me. This is a therapy all on its own.
And when I am writing…I truly feel like the self I am supposed to be. I felt lost those years I didn’t write very much.
9. I have my health.
Well, I am healthy in my own right. SAD and acid reflux not really life-threatening issues. Oh, but heartburn really is a pain in the ass, isn’t?
10. I have my sanity.
This one is up for debate some of the time…but mostly I like to maintain that I keep a somewhat decent head on these shoulders. I have my smarts, what limited common sense I’ve retained, and I have my creativeness.
I like to think that the last one is the most important. Because if I can’t create, if I can’t create something beautiful out of nothing…then what is the point of living at all? We all hope to find a little bit of life’s magic somewhere.
I think we should all strive to be our best creative self, don’t you?
What do you guys think?