My friend, Marilyn, often tells me I am doing better than what I think I am, struggling about the same as most people (sometimes a little less, even), and I often have a hard time wrapping my head around that little nugget of wisdom, although it is often very true.
I have “survived” a great deal in life, and here I am, still kicking almost 36 years into this great life that I have created.
I know what makes me happy, what makes me sad, what works and what doesn’t, and when I can keep these things at the front of my mind, I can exist in a state of fairly ok-ishness. Of course, there are ups and downs in life, but everyone has ups and downs. I think I just tend to experience mine a little more fully than some in the world.
There is very little in my life right now that is inherently “bad” or “negative.” It has taken many years of therapy, but given enough time and the right support, I can usually get even the negative situations worked out fairly well. When I am not in a full-on manic state or a full-on depressive state, I can say that I actually live a pretty full and happy life. Of course, I have my moments, but I am beginning to learn and accept that everyone on this planet has their moments.
We all have certain things we struggle with more than others, whether our issue is bipolar disorder, some other mental illness, a physical issue, or just tough circumstances. The point is to keep going, and to keep trying to make one’s life increasingly more peaceful, more happy, with more love.
I am currently dealing with some issues related to medications and a disruption in my routine. It has thrown me for a loop, but I am dealing with it, how I know to deal with it. In a week or so, I am going to be able to hit the exercise routine again, and in the meantime, I am getting the nutrition part of things under control.
I am crafting daily, have had some good sales at the gallery, and am working on some really beautiful new pieces for the gallery. That makes me very happy; it is something I derive a great deal of pleasure from.
I have been getting back into my reading and am thinking about trying my hand about doing some shorter, yet still glowing, book reviews….some that I had promised to do long ago, and some that no one has asked me to do, but that I feel the book is worthy of praise and is important for others to read.
So I am still that DBT girl, standing in front of my life, asking myself to keep trying, but to try a little harder, even though I am doing the best I can. I will probably always be that girl, and that is fine by me. It is progress, not perfection, that I am after.