I got so much feedback from that post, and I wanted to thank everyone for that. People gave me ideas for things that might help, and reminded me of happy times I'd overlooked.
|Altar to a Dead Cat. Pic by David Tomlinson|
I also set about being the change I wanted to see in my life. I love singing, but this is not the time of year to be joining a choir, so I'll leave that until the new year, but I also love reading, and I've organised a book group, to make me read books I wouldn't otherwise (which isn't going to help with the massive pile I've got waiting to be read). It is surprisingly easy to form a book group, and I'll be writing a how-to guide on it shortly.
|Just some of my fabulous friends from rainy town|
A lot of people suggested that being a full time Mum might not be good for the soul. They are right about that, although for me, I'm glad I've done it, it is good to have something that is yours, to help avoid being taken for granted, and to break you out of the same-old same-old. I'm writing now, which is great, but I don't think I'll feel like it's valid until I actually get published. I've got 45,000 words of the book done, so I'll keep on going with that. I'll not be ready to hand any of it over for a while yet though!
I think that from time to time the black dog comes into most of our lives, making it hard to remember good things, and indeed to feel joy at all. I saw this video from WHO last night. If depression has touched your life at all, you might find it helpful.
Thanks again, for all the positivity, and all the great ideas. I'm getting back to me, one sparkle at a time!
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