There have been many times I’ve sat alone at a restaurant and observed my surroundings. I would see a father with children , clearly his court allotted time with them so he sits there and makes the best of a dinner after a long day at work.
I left the gym one evening and decided to eat at a pizza place that had a buffet. I watched a mother sit there with 4 children while they bounced around with little to no worries and the mothers face showed the hours of work she’d endured and the lack of time she had to prepare a dinner. She was tired and possible beaten mentally that night, I could see the surrender in her face.
It breaks my heart when I see these lives in whatever form they are in. You know there is a major battle they are fighting within to make it through the day . I want to be able to walk up and comfort in some way but I know I have nothing to offer to someone who’s fighting their own fight.
I now find myself on the brink of the same situation. Children confused, wife not content and all I can do is continue to work and smile as if all is fine.
Will I be that dad sitting there with his children and some other soul watching me maybe wondering about what caused me to be in that situation?
Will my wife be the woman sitting there with two children bouncing around enjoying a pizza dinner while she dwells upon what life has become?
It is sad and it’s something that happens around us everyday.
Are we living or simply existing?
Where do you turn when there is no specific direction? No specific destination or a helping hand to point the way?
The next move is on faith, and that the footing will hold and not give way to something less complete.
Faith has led many down the wrong path so we know that it is a gamble, a hollow word that feels full when you first hear it.
Each wrong turn strips you down until you are bare and no longer have the strength to fight for yourself.
The question you must ask yourself am I able to make the next turn? Is there any grit left in you to pull yourself back up once more, bare you may be and weak you admit to yourself there is no specific direction.
You just take what path lay ahead.
This has been a year (2016) of sluggish movement for me. I started meds and seeing a counselor to try to make myself a better person and to try to fix my marriage but this past weekend is a perfect example that I havent progressed one bit.
My marriage has been such a rocky road that I do not even know if its salvageable. You get so deep into this rut that you no longer can distinguish what is right and wrong. My condition has never helped, i typically turn a cold shoulder to confrontation instead of resolving it. So far in 2017 I watch everything cascading around me, and i know that I am partially to blame but I often wonder how much. I do not know if it is possible for me to be a better person. I feel like it’s not in me, as bad as I would like to be I don’t have the drive.
I want to put my hand on my wifes and look at her in the eye and tell her it is ok to move on without me. That she deserves someone who is more appreciative and has her type of energy. I’ve always been a soloist which doesn’t mix well with sharing time with others. I don’t know if we will be together or not in the next few months. If we are not my biggest fear is the darkness that moves in around you from the corners of the room. When you sit and silence looking out the window at the leafless trees you cant help but compare yourself to them. They are bare and have nothing to show or give.
How many of you out there look at your reflection in the mirror and not recognize the person? Maybe it’s the absence of the image of who you wanted to be. Each day, those subtle changes become more noticeable.
The lines running across your face here and there, bags under your eyes from the lack of sleep. Day after day you see the same person who you do not know, this feeling is fostered day in and day out and yet it rests below a boiling surface.
Eventually the spill over occurs and now you’ve let some of your secrets out to those around you and you are viewed now as someone particularly not healthy to be around. I kept it below the surface for over 20 years and I thought I could continue until my final breath.
The cracks slowly grew, revealing more of what lies beneath and it gets to the point where you become and easy person to read.
At age 30 the fight became too much and I was in fear of spiraling out of control into a state of no return. I still awoke each morning and pushed through each day, they all seemed the same.
Now at 33 I feel no different other than the medications I take help bury some of those feelings, but the scary thing is that they are only suppressed.
I can understand why some take that walk into the sun, its something that I cannot explain in words only those who know depression can relate.
Holidays are supposed to be a time of joy and celebration, but for some people they are anything but.
Depression may occur at any time of the year, but the stress and anxiety during the months of November and December may cause even those who are usually content to experience loneliness and a lack of fulfillment.
Kerr, Michael. “Holiday Depression.”
Healthline, http://www.healthline.com/health/depression/holidays#1. *
How did you feel during the Thanksgiving holiday break? Did you sit at the dinner table with all of your family listening to old stories, hearing laughter and seeing bright smiles on some of their faces ? While you sat and listened and smiled as well to fit in did you wonder about the happiness others felt? What it was like to know that feeling and be completely engulfed in it? I can say that I have always been this way, I have watched emotions on the faces of family and friends and wondered if they to were possibly hiding something like depression under that smile. If they did then they were damn good at covering it up, carrying on conversations and interacting with others seems to be something depressed folks would avoid.
For those of us who will be spending this time alone we all know how dark those days can be. We tend to think too much about things that hurt. Everywhere you turn there are Christmas lights, music, and window displays serving as a reminder that happiness is surrounding us yet we are void of it all too often.
One thing I have found that helps with this situation is getting out of the house, go and do something out of your comfort zone. Throw yourself into nature and see where it leads you.
As Neal Young once said, “don’t let it bring you down, its only castles burning.”
Took another step lower As always trying to find that empty comfort What is he looking at, through those dust-covered shades? The trees grow heavy with color and so does his heart Autumn is …
Source: Autumn and the Fall