I’m feeling very low at the moment, and it’s times like these where it pays to turn your mind to the things that you’re grateful for. So for today, I’m trying to think about the things I love, rather than the things I’ve lost.
This Thursday, I love:
– My family. They’ve been incredible these past few weeks, feeding me, mopping up my tears and taking me for trips to cheer me up. I feel so blessed to have such an amazing family.
– My brother. I know I’ve mentioned my family already, but my brother has been exceptional. He’s listened to my fears, worries and grief and given some fantastic advice. He’s made me laugh and brought over Buster Keaton films for me to watch. I’m sometimes awed by the fantastic person that my brother has grown into.
-Jazzing up my old denim shorts. My favourite pair of Superman PJ pants ripped last week, so I salvaged a bit of the fabric to make cute pockets for my shorts. I can’t wait for it to be warm enough for me to wear these.
– Night-time phone calls from my oldest friend, day-time calls from my closest friend, emails from my online friends and visits from my cuddliest friend.
– Misfits. I adore that show.
-Cleaning out my things. It’s quite cathartic.
– Getting a makeover for a good cause.
– Coming home from work to find my cats sleeping butt-to-butt on the back of the couch.
– Lifeline. I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say I probably wouldn’t be here writing this if it weren’t for the awesome people that work for this crisis line. It’s been a very rough couple of weeks, and I’ve made a few calls to them which have left me feeling supported.
-Beginning a huge crochet project.
– Finishing A Clash of Kings at long last.
– Long walks around the lake in the cold air.
– Warm slippers.
– This song. It always brings tears to my eyes, but I still love it.
– Home made chicken soup.
What about you sweet-pea? What are you loving this week? Even if you’re feeling low, give a gratitude list a shot. It might not help, but it certainly won’t hurt, so give it a crack.
You know, I’ve never actually called lifeline, which is kind of silly when I think about it. My psych kind of drills it into me “If you get bad, call lifeline” and I have another line thats a specialty line for people using the program I’m on, but I still feel like I’m bothering them. It’s a wonderful thing that you’ve used it though & it’s a such a great thing to have. xoxo
I know exactly what you mean. I have actually begun one of my calls to them with “I’m really sorry to bother you, but I’m thinking of killing myself”. I think the important thing to remember is that the people who work at Lifeline and other support lines are there to help. They want to help and you aren’t bothering them or wasting their time if you’re feeling upset or distressed. I would absolutely recommend calling them if you’re feeling bad. They do incredible work and I’ve always felt better every time I’ve gotten off the phone. Not all better, but better.
Sweet dear, I’m very sorry that you’ve been having some especially tough days as of late. It’s fantastic that you have a support line and people in your life to help you through some of these difficult days. Please know that I’m always here for you if you need someone else to talk to.
Thank you so much. That really means a lot to me. It’s been so hard. So, so hard. But I’m just trying to put one foot in front of the other and move forward as best I can.
Hang in there, gorgeous. I know *exactly* how you’re feeling, but it does get better, I absolutely promise, promise, PROMISE.
I’m doing my best, but I’m really struggling right now. Just trying to put one foot in front of the other right now.
❤ I'm sorry you're feeling like this, lovely. However, good for you, for seeing the positive. Please know you can write me anytime, about anything. I absolutely love what you did with those shorts and I seriously think those should be a fashion trend. I am now imagining all of my favorite superhero (and okay, I actually love me a villain) logo's on the back of denim. Your kitties are precious. ❤ I can't wait to see your new 'do. I am SO thankful you're calling a support line, and getting the support you need from them, your family and your friends. You have such a sweet heart, and are so fabulous.
You’ve been such a huge help to me these last couple of weeks. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it.
I know this is kind of silly, but this kind of music ALWAYS cheers me up. http://youtu.be/to0MCFPEurc It’s some marches by Sousa. There’s a radio program I listen to every week called Let The Bands Play (broadcast from Melbourne but we get it in canberra too) which is just this kind of stuff, and I always come away smiling like an idiot! It’s hard to be down when silly marches are playing. Actually the theme song from Monty Python’s Flying Circus is by Sousa. That’s a thing I love this Thursday!
It’s not silly at all! That’s the thing I love about Things I Love Thursday: you get to hear all the awesome thing that make other people smile. This kind of music reminds me of one of my best friends, who is really musical and has played in a couple of big bands and marching bands.