Reach Out Because Depression Lies

When I saw the news about Robin Williams’ suicide, I immediately looked for some evidence that it was a cruel hoax.  Another fake internet death.  Then more and more news outlets were reporting the same thing and I cried.  I was devastated that someone so full of life, that made the world laugh, had succumbed to the darkness of Depression.

I first saw the phrase “Depression lies” from The Bloggess.  She is a fierce advocate of mental health causes.  She is a sufferer herself and when I read her words, it is as if they are from my own mind.  She is absolutely right, Depression lies.

Depression says:

You are worthless.

You are not worthy of love or friendship.

You never do anything right and are a failure.

You are a burden to those around you.

Everyone you love would be better off without you.

Things will never, ever get better.

And the list of lies goes on and on.

When the evil shadow of Depression is whispering in your ear, it is difficult to fight the darkness.  The darkness is all-consuming.  You are drowning in it.

It is hard to remember that you will rise from the abyss and find the light again.  You may be scared that it won’t happen but I promise you it will.  The light is there.  Waiting for you.  It will always be there.

I have struggled with depression for many years now and the awful, terrible thoughts have entered my mind.  But I keep fighting and go on.

I always find the light.

I am so grateful that I have been able to reach out to people to help me through those awful thoughts.  Through the lies of Depression.

Please, I beg you, before you act you must speak.

Speak to anyone.  Call the Suicide Hotline.

I know there will be someone who will tell you that they need and want you here.

That you matter.

That you must not leave.

 

Summer Camp

When the school year winds down and summer is around the corner, A and T start to prepare for summer camp.  Since Hubby and I both work full time, they need something to do in the summer to keep them from going in insane from boredom and me from going insane from two bored kids running amok while I work from home.

The preschool they went to provide a summer camp for kids and they have been going there every year.  The have a lot of space with a small pond for canoeing, tennis courts for lessons, swimming lessons everyday, horses and fun games.  They spend the entire day outside which is great for kids with seemingly endless energy.

The last few summers the kids at camp have been playing with Pokemon cards.  So to prepare for camp, A and T have to make sure their cards are all organized and ready for play.  They use their money to buy new card packs.  Apparently, it is a big deal.  This year we had to get new binders to fit their growing collection of cards.

They have also started creating cards on the computer and printing them out on photo paper.  And we must not forget the renewed interest in watching episodes of Pokemon on demand.

It’s funny because E, R and C have long outgrown the card collections but do also get a renewed interest in Pokemon at this time.  Last summer at the beach, C told A and T that he would buy them new card sets if they had what he deemed “good behavior” for a few days.  It worked as well as the bribery we usually try.

This year T has made several references to how a lot of camp kids start working as counselors once they are too old to participate as a camper.  I wonder if this is foreshadowing for what he might was to do in a few years to make money and keep busy in the summer.  We shall see.

I am very glad that they enjoy their summer camp.  A few years back they did not want to go but we made them anyway and now they love it.  I don’t know what we would do if we didn’t have such a wonderful choice for keeping them busy in the summer.

 

PS – My 4 year blogaversary came and went last week without fanfare.  Happy Blogaversary to me.

Cora

Cora_dog1

It was three years ago when we said goodbye to our sweet little pug Meg.  She was my first baby and we miss her very much.  Sammy and Willow the Samoyeds are awesome dogs but I felt like we were missing a littler furry member of the family. Puppy fever hit out of the blue […]

[Continue reading...]

Failure

Fail

I recognize that I am a negative thinker.  I am constantly mentally berating myself for not living up to the impossible standards I have for myself. Failure. I think that word so often.  Even in success I can find some failure within it. I wonder where this harshness for myself came from.  I don’t remember […]

[Continue reading...]

Do I Have Anything More To Say

I was recently reminded that my blog has been around for almost four years now.  It’s natural to look around and see other blogs that have been around that long and compare.  Some are fairing far better than my own.  You know, folks who actually write regularly and engage all over the blogosphere.  And some […]

[Continue reading...]

Time. It does fly.

When you haven’t written for a while, I think you get a complex about “what should I write about first” when you actually get around to writing.  Is this good enough to be the first post after months of silence?  Why would I write about this after all this time?  Why would anyone want to […]

[Continue reading...]

Virtual 5K #TNTDuel

I CAN DO THIS

Well I just finished my second 5K.  I haven’t moved this far since my first 5K years ago.  I have done some running and walking since then but not a 5K.  This time I walked the whole thing since I have pretty much done no activity for quite a while. I missed the Diva Dash […]

[Continue reading...]

#iPPP: Pumpkin Patch

IMG_2452

A few weeks back we went to a pumpkin patch to play and pick out pumpkins.  It was a very warm day which made it a little strange.  We went through the corn maze, sweating profusely.  I’m not the biggest fan of the corn maze since I tend to get a little panicky being closed […]

[Continue reading...]

This Body Needs An Instruction Manual

We are born with these bodies that we need to take care of for our lifetime.  As babies, our parents are the ones who make sure our bodies are taken care of.  They feed and clothe us and as we grow, they continue to guide how we keep our bodies functioning and safe. Then we […]

[Continue reading...]

#iPPP: Halloween 2013

halloween13

I had hoped to get some better photos of the kids in their Halloween costumes but once the trick or treating was done, my daughter shed her costume and refused to be photographed further.  So I am stuck with some blurry outside photos and one of just my son and I.  Hubby decided to go […]

[Continue reading...]