I am generally one to exaggerate any given idea, event, moment, description, but it is truer than true that my life is really pretty darn okay right now, and has been for a little while.
Yes, there are bumps in the road, but I am using skills more frequently (and without overthinking) to get through the bumps, and the bumps pass much faster than they ever used to.
For once in my life, I can say that my stress level is relatively low, and while that is super and great and amazing, the mental health issues I deal with can make me take calm and serenity and throw it out the window, to replace it with something a lot more familiar, like drama.
Yes, I am saying it: My life is good right now and it is a daily, sometimes moment-to-moment struggle to not sabotage the hell out of it. I have my slips mostly with LarBear, and he is very forgiving and never holds those little fits against me. He knows what is going on, just as I do. Things are good, and it is hard sometimes when things are good, because that is just so unfamiliar.
I laughed when I saw this post on Facebook, but there is such a grain of truth to it. How many days in the last five years did I basically not get out of bed, or get up and get showered or dressed? A lot, y’all, too many to count. I spent months at a time not even leaving my house.
Now that I have regular activities like church and social whatnots and am exercising at the local pool every day, I am finding that I actually LIKE being out and about. I don’t like to be out all the time, but I like it more than I ever thought I would. Because things were the opposite for so long, sometimes I start to fall into a pattern where I ignore my social obligations, my appointments, the pool, these new people I have met, but I find myself turning the mind quickly back to this semi-stability that I have gathered (through a ton of hard work).
After years of angst, I finally have the people in my life that I need and deserve, and I have enough self-respect to cut ties when things are toxic or harmful in some way. I still give people far too many chances, but I rarely let another person really harm me without slamming the door in his/her face. I truly believe that the church family that has come into my life recently was meant to be, that the people in my exercise classes and at the YMCA were meant to be in my life right now for specific reasons. I especially see now how my relationships with family members have changed for the positive, and how it could not have happened before. And of course, some may tire of hearing it, but LarBear was certainly paired with me by something more purposeful than chance.
I really think that the key to my happiness now, and the methods that I employ to stay that way and to avoid fighting the peace within and without, is that I am doing things in my life every day that I love, with people that I love, with intention and purpose. I have an amazing amount of love in my heart that is poured in by others, and my heart is full enough to pour into others, as well, which makes my heart even fuller. Being positive and doing what is effective, is what works. Keeping a close eye on your mood and your thoughts and your feelings, is very important. I think so much of it just boils down to paying attention and to living a life you love. That may sound oversimplified, but that is my sound bite.