So after a week’s worth, possibly more, of posts about depression, despair, hatred, anger, misery, so-on-and-so-forth, I’m on an upswing. For the past two or three days, I have been feeling much more like the “alive” Rose. I have been doing more, accomplishing more, taking enjoyment in everyday activities, doing things I like to do, and definitely (I think, anyway) being a more enjoyable person to be around.
So what does this all feel like? Well, it feels like I’ve had a lot of caffeine, but in a good way. I feel extremely, almost scarily clear and focused. I feel like I can accomplish tasks that seemed insurmountable just days ago. I am facing upcoming rainy, Fall weather, and I feel like I’ll get through it without a glitch.
I have had a lot of structure the last two to three days, and I know that helps. I worked on Saturday and Sunday, and had several things going on today where I was busy all day. I accomplished a lot at the store and feel really good about the direction the winter season will take for my job. I will be learning QuickBooks (book-keeping software) and more about Excel, and am quite excited about that. I am even more excited that, in learning these things, I will be able to help my mom more and I can do the rote work and she can focus on the more complicated tasks. It boils down to me being the QuickBooks bitch, and I’m okay with that.
I have decided to keep going to group, for now, even though I was thinking of not doing it to save money (it’s about a 30 minute drive from here). Group has been really helpful for me, and I really do enjoy it, so when I brought up the possibility of quitting with QoB, she suggested to me that I might occasionally be able to afford extra money for gas. Problem solved!
I don’t know why I hadn’t asked her about it before. I just keep trying to stretch my weekly money as far as it will go, and know that there are some things that I once considered essential or wouldn’t have batted an eyelash over buying are now just not in the cards. I have come to accept my more limited budget (I know, it’s been over a year now, but it’s a lot to come to grips with!) and be more creative with my money. I also get a lot of help from QoB and the Big Dawg, which I couldn’t be more grateful for, and, frankly, would be up shit creek without their assistance. My dad helps, too, when he can, and that is also appreciated. Every little bit helps.
I think the key to all of this happiness and clear-headedness and contentment is keeping to a schedule, staying structured, and getting things accomplished. I know this group I have been doing has done wonders at getting me to achieve goals I didn’t think were possible two months ago, like showering semi-regularly (I know, gross, but huge accomplishment). It also helps me to have a job, even if it is a bit of a cush job and very low-stress. I think I need to keep on with the structure, throw in a bit of sunlamp, and I am going to have a very functional, quasi-happy Fall.
And hooray for Ritalin. Just sayin’.