Introspection

Today’s post is a little introspective. It started out as one thing and morphed into another. You see, I’ve been pondering this expression, about your glass being half full or half empty. The more I thought of it, the more I realised I am not either of these.

The phrase is normally associated with how we perceive what we have in life. In these situations, my glass is not half anything, it is either full or empty. I’m either very happy, or very sad. I guess growing up with a parent that suffers from depression has an effect on you. I have what I consider to be “dark days”. Anyone who has ever felt the impact of depression knows what I am talking about. It’s like a dark cloud surrounding you, enveloping you and there isn’t much you can do about it.

When it happens, I only really have one tactic. Focus on the very next task. Focus intently. Complete it. Then repeat. Until those dark clouds start to fade. Tom Hanks summed it up well in “Sleepless in Seattle” when he said something about putting one foot in front of the other. What else can you do?

I haven’t been blighted by it too badly in recent months. Being hospitalised for a few days and finding out about some medical conditions were low points. But shit happens and life goes on. Somehow, reading blogs on here helps too. There are some truly amazing and brave people out there. And some deep thinkers.

Keep blogging folks, it makes a difference.

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6 thoughts on “Introspection

  1. You are correct! The glass is always full, of something.
    My dad suffered with depression (shot through the head by a sniper—WWII). He actually had a reason. But depression is contagious.
    Mom always did one thing when it hit her. She got up and got to work. And she worked a lot.
    I miss them, my Dad and Mom. But I still have the lessons.

  2. This is my first time visiting your blog. I just want to say good for you for being strong during your sad days. I know it can be hard, but we have to always stay busy and focus on the great gifts in this world. Sometimes, I find just watching my little cat makes me smile. 🙂

    I think blogging is also – as you mentioned – a great way to be positive. With me, I have a photoblog. It forces to me to find the beauty in small things. Whether that just be a bug hanging out or even waiting hours for one good shot of the city!

    I’ve been kind of a lazy photoblogger lately, but with the holiday season approaching … I am getting ready to mass produce photos of snow and lights. 🙂

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