Sorry it’s been such a long time since I last wrote in this blog. I am going to avoid the saying “I was too busy” as that is one my biggest pet peeve’s people say is, “I’m too busy” Bullshit, If you want something enough. You will find time to do it, and will cut the excuses. And, the something I want out of this is of course, as mentioned, to help myself and others. However, I did buy a new truck, and that had consumed my mind for quite a few days! Still, nonetheless. I did fall back into a little lull, where I was just in the biggest meh sort of moods. I remember my last entry was about momentum’s of mental illness, and I was afraid I was on the edge of falling into those lulls. Well, I did get into a small one, and I think that had a lot to do with me putting this blog off and off. I just kinda sat there and did nothing. Other than buy a new unit. Haha, but really. When you’re in these “lulls” and some are big, some are small, its tough to do anything. You know you have these things you need to accomplish, you have your to-do lists. But, its tough to get through those lists, cause its so easy to just lay on the couch, turn on TV, or have a nap, or play Xbox, and just say I’ll do it later. I find when I am in my lulls, this is what I do. Nothing off the “to-do” list gets done. And, of course, you’re avoidant of these lulls, so the top priority on the “to-do” list should be… get the hell out of this. But, of course, it’s so tough to see that. Its difficult to admit this to yourself, so you continue to just lull around and go through an episode and life continues to zip right past you while you don’t seem to progress anywhere.
Then, suddenly… you wake up one day, and you feel better, or you feel something better. Maybe something happened to help pick your head up, and its sometimes like the snap of a finger, you’ve left the lull you were in, hopeful to never go through one again. But, struggling with depression… Its par for the course. You undoubtedly will. Just try your best to minimize the opportunity to fall back into a lull, or an episode, and minimize the time you spend in that hole. But, again, I really think the best thing to get out of these lulls, is admitting to yourself that’s where you are.. And, thats ok. Force it upon yourself to take care of things, go do something active, call someone, talk to someone, don’t continue to the things you would while in an episode. Dont put getting better off. Whatever mechanisms of avoidance you so too choose. Denial is not depressions friend, as much as it is an instigator, and an agitator.
Denial is something that I have lived with for so long, way too long. And it was significantly worse after my sister passed away. I honestly think it took 4 years before I finally started to accept that she was really gone. I know they say it’s a typical stage of grieving. But, for 4 years ? It can’t be. But, almost the worst thing about denial, is that, sometimes you know your in denial, but, you accept it cause you don’t feel anything. You feel empty. And, when you feel empty. Sometimes that’s better that feeling sad. So, you kind of just accept that and move on. But, it’s a trick. Its not better to feel empty at all. It’s like taking all the feelings you think you should feel, and you cap them into a bottle. And leave it there. Ignore them. And I did that for about 10 years with my depression as it was, and then once I lost Jen, I threw everything and more into that bottle, and closed the lid. I didn’t allow myself to feel anything for the longest time, and let me tell you, I could not have choosen a more terrible way to deal with things. I think this had a lot to do with me really hitting rock bottom not long ago. It just became way too much, and I had no more room left in my bottle, and had nowhere else to put anything. And, I lost it. Maybe this is what happened to Jen, I don’t know. I wish I did. but, I know that when this happened to me, she picked me up, and kicked me in the teeth and told me to get my fucking shit together. Now. For my family, for my relationship, for my friends, and for myself and her. I think the biggest thing she did was tell me this denial is not going to work anymore for me. And boy, was she right. Thus, became the creation of goneawayboys. Somewhere to put my feelings. Instead of in the bottle. Out into the open they go. Where, they belong. Where they make me feel better, and hopefully others too. So, while I try to begin and accept my sister’s death 4 years later, and start over, grieving in the proper, more healthier, beneficial way. I really try to watch out for that bastard that is denial. But, every now and then, when I land into a slump, lull or episode, whatever you want too call it. I feel that shitty little thing again. Denial. And, it is not only an instigator, agitator, but it is misleading and tricky too. Like I said, you just accept it, cause in denial, you feel nothing, you feel empty. And that is sometimes that feels better than feeling sad. But, No. It’s not. Because, it all builds up, and builds up, and eventually. It explodes. And what happens then can be truly tragic and devastating.
I think this is also a factor in why people avoid talking about their depression. Sometimes they just feel empty, and feel nothing cause they can’t admit to themselves they struggle with depression. Since society has attached such a negative connotation to the word “depression” “suicide” “bi-polar disorder“…etc. no one wants to have it, cause they feel they are going to be judged. So, they can’t admit it to themselves. But, If you’re someone who struggles with the same illness I do, or something of the like. Be honest with yourself, and let someone help you. But, you need to help yourself understand first. and, No. It is nothing to be ashamed of. As I have mentioned before, It is an actually disease of the brain. It’s not something we can just “get over” or “toughen up”. It’s different. So please, throw denial the big “eff off” and work towards getting better.
It’s damn hard, trust me. I am trying it now, and I still fall into my little lulls, and have a heck of a time getting out.. But, the best part of coming out about my depression, and my families past and tragedies, is, it allows me to feel better, it allows me to see that light everyone talks about, so I know that better is coming. Whatever better is. Maybe its only temporary, who knows. But, I will take temporary, over rarely. So, I am going to work on it, and this is it, talking. Not by taking 400 mg of wellbutrin, xanax, or zoloft or whatever other medication you’ve been told to try. I have been struggling with depression for 10 years myself, and have been on medication for probably 7 of those years. And, I still have depression. Maybe I always will. Maybe it’s not something that truly ever goes away. It’s only something you can have temporary relief from. But, like I said. I will take temporary. But, I believe that in doing the right therapy, I will beat this. And, its not taking the same little pill every morning after breakfast I have been taking, just because some doctor shrugged me off and wrote a prescription before he asked me hey, how do you really feel. Nope. Depression ? Oh, here up your wellbutrin dosage and try that young fella! Ok. Thanks doc. You’re a real help.
Talking about it, blogging about it, making it normal conversation, getting out of denial, starting over, has been the best source of medication I have ever taken. And, I hope you decide to join me in this remedy. It’s difficult to get out of that denial stage, and admit to yourself that you may suffer from mental illness. But, it’s much better when that little dosage of denial is not sitting in your pocket, feeling sad, or down is better than feeling empty. Feeling empty is the worst thing we can do. Denial, avoidance. Thats the enemy. We can’t feel that. We need to feel.
That’s all for tonight. I already feel much better just having wrote this entry. I am really excited for everyone to get back to reading my blog. Again, I can not stress enough how flattered I am, and honored that this has reached so many people. It’s been amazing. I hope that everyone continues to read. And, I will do my best to regularly write. I am thinking about writing a tribute entry about my sister. But, that is going to take a full day of strength, incense, and probably some atavan. But, I think it will be good for me. so look for that on the weekend. I will need a full day of preparation to write that. But, I think it’s important, and everyone will get the chance to learn more about her. She was amazing, and still is as I feel her helping me through mud all the time. Today.
Also, If, I am taking awhile to put in another entry, give me a shot and tell me to get back at it. I had a couple friends kick my ass back into gear over the weekend, and get me back here. It’s been nice. Thanks.
Thanks again everyone.
Keep in touch. Tell someone.
-Blair – goneawayboys